Putin accuses West of trying to murder Russian journalists – with no evidence

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to kill Russian journalists, despite having no evidence.

He also claimed that Russia's secret service – the Federal Security Service (FSB) – had already stopped one such assassination attempt.

Putin did not offer any proof to back up these claims when he appeared on Russian state TV.

Relations between Russia and the West are at an all time low following Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

In his address first announcing the "special military operation" Putin warned western powers that they would see "consequences that you have never encountered in your history" if they tried to get in his way.

Although the West has not stepped in militarily, they have imposed a number of harsh economic sanctions on Russia and Russian oligarchs around the world.

They have also been supplying the Ukrainian army with a steady stream of weapons, leading to Russian state TV declaring that World War Three had already started earlier this month.

Tensions were ramped up again last week when Putin tested Russia's new Sarmat missile, dubbed Satan II, a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The so-called "super-weapon" is capable of carrying more than 10 nuclear warheads over 6,000km and striking the UK.

Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian Roscosmos space agency, has said that the terrifying weapon will be deployed to Siberia by autumn.

Putin said of the weapon: "The new complex has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defence. It has no analogues in the world and won’t have for a long time to come."

He also claimed that the show of strength would be "food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia".

Concerns have been growing in the West over the possibility of the Ukraine-Russia conflict going nuclear.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said last month: "The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility."

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