- Steve Rosenberg
- Russian Affairs Editor, BBC
17 mayo 2022
It was an extraordinary television moment.
60 Minutes is Russian state television’s flagship talk show: studio discussions promoting the Kremlin line on everything, including President Putin’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.
The Kremlin still maintains that the Russian offensive is going according to plan.
But the studio guest, Mikhail Khodarenok, a military analyst and retired colonel, painted a very different picture.
“First I must say that you should not take news sedatives. Sometimes you hear reports about a morale and psychological crisis in the Ukrainian armed forces, that their mood is supposedly close to collapse.”
“To put it sparingly, that’s not true,” the colonel said.
and warned that “the situation for us will clearly get worse” since Ukraine receives additional military assistance from the West and that “the Ukrainian army can arm a million people”.
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Referring to the Ukrainian soldiers, he noted that “there is a great desire to defend their homeland.”
“The final victory on the battlefield is determined by the high morale of the troops who are shedding blood for the ideas they are willing to fight for.”
“The biggest problem with the military and political situation [de Rusia]”, he continued, “is that we are in total geopolitical isolation and the whole world is against us, even if we don’t want to admit it. We need to resolve this situation,” said retired Colonel Mikhail Khodarenok.
“The situation cannot be considered normal when a coalition of 42 countries is against us and when our political-military and technical-military resources are limited.”
The other guests in the study were silent; even her host, Olga Skabeyeva, normally fierce and vocal in her defense of the Kremlin, seemed unusually subdued.
It’s rare to hear such a realistic analysis on Russian television.
The Kremlin has gone to great lengths to control the news landscape: shutting down independent Russian news sources and making sure that television, the main tool for shaping public opinion in Russia, is delivering the message.
So what happened in 60 Minutes? Was this a spontaneous and unexpected wake-up call about Ukraine that slipped through the net?
Was it planned in advance to prepare the Russians for the negative news about the “special military operation”?
It’s too soon to say that. But we will be keeping an eye on Russian TV for more signals.
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