A Russian analyst has claimed Ukraine has “crossed a red line” and risks an ongoing onslaught for months to come.
Russia has a plentiful supply of missiles and will plunge Ukraine back into 19th century penury, Vladimir Putin’s state TV has vowed.
Pro-Kremlin pundits hit back at Western claims that Moscow is running low on missiles.
In at least one region, kindergartens are functioning 24/7 so parents can work on new night shifts making lethal weapons, with more armaments plants set to be put on a war footing.
“We can certainly easily, without a particular strain on the stockpile, sustain [Monday’s] level of intensity,” said military expert Yuri Podolyaka on state-owned Channel 1 TV.
“Up to 100 launches have reportedly been made so far - but Kyiv will certainly not be able to cope with it.”
Putin should “strike until the adversary begs for mercy”.
Russia has the capacity to produce “a lot more than 10-to-20 cruise and Iskander missiles a day…
“With Russia’s capabilities Ukraine can be turned into a 19th century country.”
He said: “It is already clear that the consequences for Ukraine are catastrophic.”
And he warned the attacks would last through the winter.
“A red line has been crossed, and I think this is now obvious to everyone,” he said.
“All European governments have promptly requested that their embassies be evacuated from Kyiv.
“They realise this is not just a one-day event, that this will continue and that winter in Ukraine will be catastrophic.”
This week’s blitzkrieg on Ukraine has delighted pro-Putin hardliners who now believe pro-war officials are in control.
Defence analyst, Alexander Artamonov, said Western hopes that Russia would run out of missiles would never come true.
“They will never end,” he said.
Russia has a total of more than 5,000 Kh-31, Kh-38, Kh-55, Kh-101 and Kalibr missiles, he told viewers.
The pro-war fanatic insisted: “It is of course necessary that strikes continue in a systematic way, given that Ukrainian society is at present, in my view, psychiatrically ill.
“In psychiatry, people are not given weapons.
“Naturally, they are treated, and naturally they should have essential benefits, but anything that can be turned into a weapon, be it a car, a knife, a gun, or some other thing must be seized.
“So if bridges are cut and railways too are destroyed there will not be capacity to deliver troops to the frontline.”
Putin’s relentless bombing of Ukrainian cities this week is seen as the dictator showing his wrath over an alleged Kyiv attack on the Crimean Bridge linking the annexed peninsula to the Russian mainland.
State TV has now claimed British involvement in the blast - while providing no scrap of evidence.
Military expert Andrei Klintsevich said: “The act of terror that took place…was prepared in advance…
“The load came from Bulgaria, and the secret services of England, at the very least, were probably involved to prepare all that”.
Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, insisted Putin’s military plane as on track - and would one day be successful.
“We are implementing all of the set tasks of the special military operation and its objectives will be achieved eventually,” he said.
Putin said Monday‘s strikes inflicted massive damage on Ukrainian energy, military command and communications facilities.
“All I know is that the strikes were delivered,” he said.
“I also know that the Russian side had warned the Ukrainians for many days and weeks, giving them time to refrain from their acts of sabotage.
“However, they carried out an act of sabotage last Saturday at the Crimean Bridge, which is an extremely important civilian infrastructure for Russia.”
Ukraine has warned that six “enemy ships” were in the Black Sea, including two missile carriers, amid fears of new Kalibr strikes.
Strikes were also coming from Russian naval vessels in the Caspian Sea.
Kindergartens in Russia’s Maria El republic are reportedly open round the clock so parents can work night shifts at secret defence plants supplying Russian weapons manufacturers linked to the war in Ukraine.
In other regions nursery schools are working extended hours.