In uncommon public criticism of the conduct of Russia’s navy operations in Ukraine, a former senior Russian officer has warned on state tv that the scenario will worsen.
“Let’s not drink ‘data tranquilizers,’ as a result of generally data is unfold about some ethical or psychological breakdown of Ukraine’s armed forces, as if they’re nearing a disaster of morale or a fracture,” retired Col. Mikhail Khodarenok stated on Monday’s version of Rossiya One’s 60 Minutes present. “None of that is near actuality.”
Regardless of pushback from the present’s presenter, Khodarenok stated Ukraine may arm 1 million individuals.
“Contemplating that European assist will come into full impact and 1 million armed Ukrainian troopers can be a part of the combat, we have to see this actuality of the close to future, and we have to contemplate that in our operational and strategic calculations. The scenario for us will frankly worsen,” he stated.
Khodarenok, an everyday commentator in Russian media, additionally commented on Russia’s broader isolation.
“Let us take a look at this case as an entire from our total strategic place,” he stated. “Let’s not swing missiles in Finland’s path — this simply seems to be ridiculous. The largest downside with our navy and political scenario is that we’re in complete geopolitical isolation. And the entire world is in opposition to us — even when we don’t wish to admit it.”
Khodarenok warned earlier than the invasion began that it could be harder than many anticipated to wage battle in Ukraine.
In an article in February, he stated, “the diploma of hatred (which, as you realize, is the simplest gas for armed battle) within the neighboring republic in the direction of Moscow is frankly underestimated. Nobody will meet the Russian military with bread, salt and flowers in Ukraine.”
Knowledgeable claims that Russian forces will defeat Ukraine in a brief time frame “haven’t any severe grounds,” he had stated.