Russian state TV guest says the Ukraine war is just a ‘rehearsal’ to ‘test and go up against NATO weapons’

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a “rehearsal” for a larger conflict with the countries that make up NATO, according to a Russian political scientist. 

Alexei Fenenko, a research fellow at the Institute of International Security Studies, made the remarks on Thursday while speaking on the Russian-state TV talk show “60 Minutes,” according to Daily Beast Russian State TV Reporter Julia Davis.

“For us, the war in Ukraine … is a rehearsal for a possibly larger conflict in the future,” Fenenko said. “And that is why we’ll test and go up against NATO weapons, and will see on the battlefield how much stronger our weapons really are compared to theirs.”

“Maybe it will be a learning experience for a future conflict,” he continued.

Russia has been bragging about developing high-tech weaponry during its invasion of Ukraine. A senior Russian official made unsubstantiated claims earlier this month that Russian forces have a laser weapon system in Ukraine that can take out a miles-away drone within seconds. 

Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the conflict will “eventually hit everyone.”

“Russian aggression was not intended to be limited to Ukraine alone,” Zelenskyy said. “To the destruction of our freedom and our lives alone. The whole European project is a target for Russia.”

There’s also concern that Russia might leverage cyber activity to conduct data attacks, Insider’s Stravros Atlamazoglou reported

There are “perceptions of a cyber Armageddon bricking US and European computers or destroying Ukrainian critical infrastructure. That probably didn’t happen because Putin wanted to fight a limited war in Ukraine,” said former Russia analyst Michael E. van Landingham.


  1. Those who think that Russia has “scaled down” its ambitions in Ukraine are hopelessly wrong. The objective of the snarling little nazi rat dictator remains the same; to turn Ukraine into a slave nation. Because he’s been thwarted in his original plan, he intends to do it bit by bit.
    That simply can’t be allowed to happen.
    First, fortify what’s left of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast from Mykolaiv to the Romanian border. Second, provide Ukraine with all the weapons and armour it needs to retake Kherson oblast, Mariupol, the Ukrainian Azov region and return as a bare minimum to the borders of Feb 2022.
    We were informed that Patriot systems are “on the way.” How many and how soon will they be fully operational?
    The putinazis claimed today to have destroyed a batch of weapons from the west. It could be bullshit, who knows?
    A good and usually reliable friend of Ukraine; Liz Truss, said yesterday that she wants to arm Moldova to Nato standard because it is “Putin’s next target”. Commendable enough until you stop and think what she is implying; intentionally or otherwise, that she believes that putler might succeed in taking Mykolaiv and Odessa?
    What concrete steps are the allies taking to prevent this catastrophe?
    If the Ukrainians want to cleanse their entire land of orcs, they should be fully helped without question.
    Russia must be forced to pay full reparations by any means necessary.
    Germany must also at last be forced to pay up in full: they paid no reparations for murdering eight million Ukrainians in WW2 and they funded putler’s latest genocide. On top of that, with their equally rotten lackey France, they colluded with Russia to inflict the duplicitous trickery of Minsk 1 and 2 on Ukraine.

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  2. Given that a poorly equipped, but highly motivated Ukraine has fought Russia to a standstill, rotsa ruck if Putin wants to take on NATO. He will be ground to pieces in short order.

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  3. Well, the ruskie state TV must give the brainwashed sheep fresh propaganda every day. It does not matter if it makes any sense or not. The important thing is to spit hate, hate and more hate. They want to keep the fire burning.

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