Back on track after criticism: Russian military expert returns to TV

Back on track after criticism
Russian military expert returns to television

With unexpected criticism of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, Russian ex-Colonel Chodarjonok caused a stir on state television. A few days later, however, he turned around on the same talk show – and returned during Kremlin propaganda.

A few days ago, a military expert surprised many with a surprisingly pessimistic war forecast on Russian state television, which is in fact loyal to the Kremlin. Now Mikhail Khodaryonok has publicly backtracked. Believing the Ukrainians could launch a counterattack is “a big exaggeration”, the 68-year-old told 60 Minutes.

The political talk show, this time titled “Achievements of the Russian Air and Space Forces,” was the same in which Khodaryonok announced on Monday that Ukraine’s armed forces were far from disintegrating nearly three months into the war. In addition, the former Russian staff officer explained in view of the future goals of the Russian army: “The basis for this is that the realization of these projects will unpleasantly surprise the Ukrainian side in the near future.”

Presenter Olga Skabeeva, who repeatedly interrupted Khodaryonok during the last program, this time let him finish for several minutes without a break. While Khodarjonok recently underlined the strong fighting will of Ukrainian soldiers and their rearmament by the West, he now pointed out that the Russian armed forces were deliberately tracking down and destroying foreign weapons. “Soon there will be only memories of American howitzers left,” he said. The editors then displayed these words again in the program as a large table of citations.

Russian state television programs are considered the mouthpiece of the Kremlin. Critical opinions are largely eliminated from the public. A relatively new law also provides for up to 15 years in prison for alleged “fake news” about the Russian armed forces. Many viewers were all the more astonished earlier this week when they heard Khodaryonok talking in the Russian media about “tranquilizer news” in connection with the war in Ukraine and “the fact that the whole world is against us “.

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