Former Russian parliament member Boris Nadezhdin said it was impossible for Russia to defeat Ukraine and called for peace talks in unusually frank criticism on the president’s state television. Russian President Vladimir Putinstrategy in Ukraine.
Nadezhdin’s comments, in a clip watched more than 3.2 million times, are the latest sign of unease among usually pro-Kremlin critics on Russian state television as Ukrainian counterattack Make Unexpectedly Big Gains.
Nadezhdin’s comments sparked debate over the program over how Russia would respond, which included strengthening or withdrawing its military forces in Ukraine and ending the war.
“The people who have convinced President Putin that the special operation will be quick and effective, we will not hit the civilian population, we, and our National Guard, will go in, along with Kadyrov’s followers. [Chechen fighters]They will bring things into order, these people really put us all together,” said Nadezhdin.
“The president didn’t just sit there and think, ‘Why don’t I start a special operation.
“Someone told him that the Ukrainians would surrender, that they would flee, that they would want to join Russia.
“Someone had to tell him all this. They said the same thing on TV.
“We are now at a point where we have to understand that it is absolutely impossible to defeat Ukraine using those resources and colonial warfare methods with which Russia is trying to wage war, using contract soldiers, mercenaries, and without mobilization.
A strong army is resisting the Russian army, with the full support of the most powerful states, in the economic and technological sense, including European ones.
He asked the TV presenter if Nadezhdin was proposing Russia to fully mobilize against Ukraine, which he insisted he wanted the opposite – start peace talks.
I propose peace talks about stopping the war and moving forward to deal with political issues.
Nadisden’s outspoken criticism surprised Western commentators, with Guardian journalist Sean Walker noting that Russian chatbots “always had a ‘NATO guest shell’ who said relatively reasonable things and could then be ripped off by others”.
“But Boris Nadezhdin is talking here about some serious facts, and you are wondering if he could simply be arrested soon,” he wrote on Twitter.
In recent weeks, while Ukraine launched its counterattack against the areas controlled by Russia, some Russians TV critics criticized the waropening holes in previously strong support and confidence in Putin’s strategy that was voiced on state television.
TV presenter Ivan Troshkin said at the beginning of September that the help Ukraine was getting from the West could prevent Moscow from achieving a “complete victory”.
Troshkin said the Ukrainian war effort was taking place “either with the approval of the United States or even coordinated by someone there.”
“As long as there are outside forces willing to send people and give them weapons and fill their heads with extremist information, it seems to me, unfortunately, that we will not be able to achieve a complete victory,” he added.
Last week, Julia Davis of the Daily Beast posted a video, which has now gone viral Over 1.5 million viewswhich shows that Russian critics are critical of the way the war in Ukraine was going.
“Watch this roundup of clips, which depict terrified Kremlin advocates on several state TV shows, and discuss the impressive gains made by the Ukrainian armed forces in regaining control of Ukrainian territory,” she added.
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