MOSCOW, November 1993
After several days of bloody fighting, Russian troops have defeated the Ukrainian national guard and captured Kharkov, the industrial city in northeast Ukraine. Calling the military conquest a victory for human rights over Ukrainian fascism, Russian President Alexander Sterligov ominously vowed to continue his quest to liberate all Russian minorities living in other republics, whatever the cost, despite threats from Kiev of nuclear retaliation to any further acts of Russian aggression. Near Kazan, Tatar guerrilla forces claimed to have ambushed a Russian convoy, killing twenty and wounding another thirty-two, in their quest to regain their capital city. If these reports are accurate, the death toll in Tatarstan has risen to 1,250 since fighting began in June. Here in Moscow, the treason trial against former Democratic Russia leaders continues. Today, the state prosecutor produced receipts which allegedly document that Democratic Russia received over $100,000,000 from "the CIA, the Government of Israel, and other, anti-Russian, Jewish organizations in the United States and Great Britain." Meanwhile, from Ankara, exiled Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev called on the U.N. Security Council to intervene militarily to restore the sovereignty of Kazakhstan, which was annexed by Russia last month. NATO troop movements have been reported in Turkey and Germany, despite President Sterligov's warning that further acts of aggression by NATO risks the start of World War III. Though Russia's ability to launch strategic nuclear weapons has been significantly damaged by the July mutiny within the Russian army, Pentagon officials warn that as many as 1,000 Russian warheads may still be aimed at the United States. As demonstrated by the bombings in Tbilisi earlier this month, Sterligov has demonstrated his resolve for killing innocent civilians in the "defense of Great Russia."
Far fetched? Of course. Unlikely? Yes. Impossible? No.