The world is against us, says the Russian ex-colonel while pointing to Ukraine’s million-strong army


Ukraine’s invasion has left Russia at risk of “complete international isolation,” a retired colonel said in a rare show of dissent on state television.

Criticism of Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine is rare in the Kremlin-controlled Russian media, which praises Russian troops for “liberating” Ukraine from ultranationalists.

However, Mikhail Khodaryonok, a retired colonel, broke the ranks when he told the state’s flagship news program that Russia’s war might not end well.

“We must see a million well-armed Ukrainian soldiers as a reality in the coming months. We have to expect that the situation will frankly get worse for us.”

While the other talking heads are on Rossiya 1 60 minutes The discussion show, which followed the Kremlin line that the invasion was a “necessity” to stave off a possible Ukrainian attack, Mr Khodaryonok suggested that Ukrainians “defend their homeland,” although some people in Russia disagree with that idea agreed.

Russia’s main weakness, Khodaryonok said, lies in its “complete geopolitical isolation.” “But we hate to admit it, the whole world is against us.”

Mr Khodaryonok previously questioned the rationale behind the full mobilization. Mass mobilization, he argued, would give Russia no immediate advantage on the battlefield, as it would take months to train the new recruits because they could be deployed.

China has not publicly supported the Russian invasion and indicated that it would respect Western sanctions against Russia.

Of all the leaders of the former Soviet states who traveled to Moscow for a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on Monday, only the Belarusian president publicly supported the invasion, while the rest of them at the televised meeting as President Vladimir Putin opened , visibly uneasy in yet another anti-Western tirade.

Russian officials have admitted the “military operation” in Ukraine is taking longer than expected but insist it is “under control”. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] The world is against us, says the Russian ex-colonel while pointing to Ukraine’s million-strong army

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