Russian state TV declares time to accept ‘grave defeat’ in Ukraine war

It’s raining cruel feelings top Kremlin campaigners– And when it rains, it rains. The same pundits who used to threaten NATO countries with nuclear attacks are admitting that Russia’s armed forces have faced many problems. Outrageous shocks in Ukraine,

Appearing in Russia’s NTV show meeting place On Monday, policy analyst Viktor Olevich speculated: “Unfortunately, the situation is difficult. Can we say that the Russian forces came closer—or did they get further away—to meet the goals and tasks set by the President at the start of the special operation? Obviously, now we are further away.”

Even more vocal was Bogdan Bezpalko, a member of the Council on Interethnic Relations under the President of the Russian Federation. “For two months, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and military equipment is rampant in that area, all the Telegram channels are writing about it. Where was our damn reconnaissance? All their heads should be on Putin’s desk, cut off at the base Gaya… Of course, this is a tactical defeat. I expect it to be very touching.”

on Monday’s broadcast Evening with Vladimir Solovyov, filmmaker Karen Shakhnazarov likewise delivered a huge dose of brutal honesty. “I urge everyone not to panic about the defeat we have suffered in the Kharkiv region and we have to accept it,” he said. “A defeat has some meaning when you accept it and draw new conclusions. And if you don’t accept it, you only get another defeat, perhaps even more devastating. It’s a very difficult situation.” And we have to admit that we are battling a very powerful adversary.”

Shakhnazarov, whose public called for an end to hostilities, quickly made waves. Russia initially invaded Ukraine, came back in a completely opposite position. With the conviction of a fatalist, he insisted: “No one can stop this war, as it was historically necessary … Neither did Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin]Neither Zelensky nor the West can end this war. This war can only end with the defeat of one side. This defeat could prove fatal for us. We should understand that this can lead to the disintegration of the country.”

,Now it’s impossible to pull the wool over our eyes, pretending everything is wonderful.,

Political scientist Sergei Mikheev described the recent developments in Kharkiv as “a serious failure” on the part of Russia. “Call it ‘regrouping’ or something… It’s our most serious defeat in the last six months, and our opponent’s most important success… Maybe this failure is rewarding, because, being so obvious, it’s impossible now.” Have to pull the wool over our eyes, pretending that everything is wonderful,” he said.

Mikheev argued that the failures could prompt “serious people” to make some “radical decisions”, such as attacking Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure – a move that is often praised on Russian state TV with campaigners. Promote The idea of ​​a total blackout that would deprive the whole of Ukraine of roads, bridges, electricity and running water.

State TV pundits agree that such measures are necessary because Russia’s armed forces cannot meet the goals set by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Shakhnazarov said: “We are all aware of the problems experienced by our armed forces. In my opinion, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were clearly not prepared for the horrors of this war. The Ukrainian Armed Forces were ready, they have been training and preparing for eight years.”

Solovyov was unwilling to accept Ukrainian troops as Russia’s defeat and claimed that American and British troops were fighting in secret in their ranks. “In the process of preparing Ukrainian soldiers for battle, it turns out that they are increasingly turning into dark complexions and becoming fluent English speakers. They are becoming indistinguishable from mercenaries … Some of them have a southern flank, others speak in a British accent. Stop showing off already,” he said. The idea of ​​being defeated by NATO, unlike this tiny neighboring country, sweetens the pot for many of the Kremlin’s cheerleaders. does.

Shakhnazarov complained that the patriotic mood in the country was constantly being weakened from the inside with a negative Passion With the Western lifestyle and entertainment: “It starts with the little things. Why are they showing American movies on our television? If me! I just want to say, if me, why are you doing this? this is outrageous!”

The filmmaker urged clarity in the “political solution to the Ukrainian question”. While no one argued with Shakhnazarov about Russia’s defeat, the existence of Ukrainian ethnicity was too much for some Kremlin mouthpieces. Political analyst Dmitry Drobnitsky insisted: “The recognition of the existence of the Ukrainian people is the biggest mistake in our Soviet history.” Shakhnazarov followed: “So there are no Ukrainian people?” Drobnitsky replied: “The Ukrainian people do not exist. Any historian will tell you that they do not exist… You are offering me to recognize their existence. Thank you, but there is no need.”

After objecting to arguments about Ukrainian ethnicity and the alleged non-existence of the Ukrainian language, German pundit Alexander Sosnovsky was clearly disturbed by what he was hearing. In a scene that resembled a Mitchell and Webb sketch, in which two Nazi officers realized they were ‘baddies’ in World War II, he bitterly concluded: “I don’t want to go any further, as it would lead to nationalism. smells of it.”

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