Boris Nadezhdin, a former member of Russia’s parliament, has said it is impossible for Russia to defeat Ukraine and called for peace talks in an exceptionally vocal criticism on state TV of President Vladimir Putin’s strategy in Ukraine.
Nadezhdin’s comments, in a clip that has been viewed more than 3.2 million times, are the latest sign of unease among generally staunch pro-Kremlin pundits on Russian state TV as a Ukrainian counter-offensive turns an unexpectedly big profit.
Nadezhdin’s comments sparked a debate on the show about how Russia should react, including strengthening or withdrawing its military forces in Ukraine and ending the war.
“Those who assured President Putin that the special operation would be swift and effective, that we would not attack the civilian population, we would come in, and with our National Guard, Kadyrovets [Chechen fighters]Will bring things in order, these guys really set us all up,” Nadezhdin said.
“The president didn’t just sit there and think, why don’t I start a special campaign.
“Someone told him that the Ukrainians would surrender, that they would flee, that they would like to join Russia.
“Someone had to tell him all this. He said the same thing on TV.
“We are now at the point when we have to understand that it is absolutely impossible to defeat Ukraine using the resources and colonial war methods with which Russia is trying to wage war using contract troops, mercenaries, any mobilization No.
“A strong army is opposed to the Russian army supported by the most powerful countries in the economic and technological sense, including European countries.”
The TV presenter asked whether Nadezhdin was suggesting Russia’s full mobilization against Ukraine, to which he insisted he wanted to start the opposite peace talks.
“I am suggesting peace talks about how to stop the war and move forward to deal with political issues.”
Nadezhdin’s outspoken criticism surprised Western commentators, with Guardian journalist Sean Walker stating that the Russian chat show had “always a ‘NATO shill guest’ who said relatively sensible things and could then be torn down by others.”
“But Boris Nadezhdin speaking some dangerous truth here wondering if he might be arrested soon,” he tweeted.
In recent weeks, as Ukraine begins its retaliation against Russian-held territories, some Russian TV pundits have criticized the war, opening cracks in previously solid support and expressing confidence in Putin’s strategy on state TV. .
TV presenter Ivan Trushkin said in early September that the West’s aid to Ukraine could prevent Moscow from achieving a “total victory”.
Trushkin said Ukraine’s war effort was being coordinated “either with US approval or even by someone there.”
“As long as outside forces are ready to send people in, arm them, fill their heads with radical information, it seems to me that, unfortunately, we will be unable to achieve a complete victory,” he said.
Last week, Julia Davis of the Daily Beast posted a video that has now gone viral. Over 1.5 million viewsShowing Russian pundits criticizing how the war in Ukraine is going.
“Watch this roundup of clips of panicked Kremlin campaigners on several state TV programs discussing the impressive gains made by Ukraine’s armed forces in reclaiming control over Ukrainian territory,” she added as a caption.
newsweek The Russian Foreign Ministry and Ukraine’s Defense Ministry have been contacted for comment.