What follows is a short, subtitled video interview of a retired Russian military officer Mikhail Khodaryonok, who discusses the reality of the battles in Ukraine.

The news show hosts, particularly anchor Olga Skabeyeva, were not best pleased to hear that things are not going well for Mother Russia:

He is a reliable analyst:

Olga Skabeyeva tried to push the motherland’s line throughout the interview, but Khodaryonok was undaunted.

He said that Russia’s performance was not ‘normal’, which means ‘okay’ in their language. He added that no country is supporting Russia in this conflict. He pointed out that 42 nations adamantly oppose Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Skabeyeva asked if Putin could ‘make friends with London’, to which he replied, ‘No’.

Furthermore, he added that China’s and India’s support is ‘not unconditional’.

Khodaryonok said that old Soviet tactics, such as invading Finland, would look silly:

He suggested that morale on the Russian side is not very good, whereas the Ukrainian troops are ready to fight to the death. Quoting Lenin and Marx, he said that, in order to win, an army must have strong resolve:

Replies to the tweet with the video questioned what Khodaryonok‘s interview is meant to signal to the Russian people.

Nothing like this would be broadcast, people say, without some sort of authorisation from the Kremlin:

Perhaps it signals an upcoming admission of Russian defeat:

Or perhaps there will be a temporary Russian withdrawal in order for them to regroup and invade again:

This is not the first time Khodaryonok has spoken out about Russia’s attacks on Ukraine. In the second video below, he says how difficult it would be to amass air, naval and land power. To get new planes would take until 2023. A new naval fleet would take two years. As for land power, he says that Russian materiel is simply too old and that NATO has 21st century equipment. As for boots on the ground? See the first video:

Those are great videos worth watching in under five minutes.

I pray this conflict ends sooner rather than later.