Moscow, Apr 15: Days after the US launched an airstrike against Syria, a state-run Russian TV channel asked Moscow to be prepared for the World War 3. The Kremlin-owned Rossiya-24 channel said the ongoing crisis in Syria could trigger the World War 3 and suggested the ideal supplies for survival. The channel report also asked Russians to pack iodine to protect the body from radiation while taking refuge in bomb shelters.

“The food supply for doomsday includes many items but the main idea behind packing an emergency stock is less sweets, more water,” the channel advised. Experts “say that it is also necessary to take supplies of medicines with iodine that help body deal with radiation”, it reported. The warning came after a top military analyst warned that the world is already witnessing a second Cuban Missile Crisis.

“A year ago when I said we had entered a new Cold War, nobody agreed with me. Now everyone agrees but it has become clear that events in this second Cold War develop a lot quicker. It’s only just started and, here you go, we already have Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0,” Alexander Golts told Rain TV in Moscow. The US, France and the UK launched a joint strike on Syria on Saturday in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7 by Syrian government forces.

The US Defence Department said airstrikes on Syria had struck all of their targets and none of the coalition’s planes or ship-launched missiles had been intercepted by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Following the airstrikes, US President Donald Trump called the mission “accomplished”.

“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished. So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close,” Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday.

More than 43 people who showed “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals” died in Douma, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said in a statement on Saturday that Syrian government troops and their allies had taken-up positions inside Douma and now have complete control over the area.

Syria and Russia deny that any chemical attack occurred and say the incident was staged by foreign intelligence services so it could be used as a pretext for military action against Assad. (With agency inputs)