Russia Pundit Gives Rare Public Damning Assessment of Ukraine War

A Russian columnist recently appeared on television and gave a damning assessment of the situation in Ukraine from Russia's perspective.

Mikhail Kodaryonok was on a Russian-state-owned television channel Monday as part of a panel where he discussed the situation in Ukraine and the rather dire circumstances in which Russia finds itself.

In the four and half-minute clip, Khodaryonok comments on just how isolated Russia has become as a result of its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, he touches upon Russia threatening Finland for seeking membership in NATO.

"And again, let's look at the situation as a whole from the overall strategic position. Don't engage in saber-rattling with missiles in Finland's direction. It actually looks very amusing. After all, the main deficiency of our military-political position is that, in a way, we are in full geopolitical isolation, and that, however much we would hate to admit this, virtually the entire world is against us. And it's that situation that we need to get out of," he said.

Khodaryonok's comments come after Russian military forces have suffered a series of setbacks as of late. On Monday, an attempted sneak attack by Russian forces failed as they tried to cross into Ukraine's Sumy region. Monday's failure happened as reports last week stated that Russia was losing ground to Ukrainian forces while also not making any "significant advances" in its offensive.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
A columnist appeared on Russian TV Monday and gave a rather grim outlook for Russia as they continue their invasion of Ukraine. Here, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a summit in Moscow, Russia on May 16, 2022. Contributor/Getty Images

Also, an intelligence report over the weekend, from the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense, estimated that Russia has likely lost "one third" of its ground forces fighting in the eastern European country.

But Khodaryonok continued on and painted an even grimmer situation for Russia. He talked about the vast supply of arms that are soon likely to be available to the Ukrainians.

"But the situation from the overall strategic position is that the Ukrainian armed forces are able to arm a million people. They're saying it themselves, that 'for us, there's no difficulty mobilizing a million people.' The whole issue is to what extent they're able to supply this army of modern weapons and military hardware. On their own, of course, they wouldn't have done anything, but considering that the Lend-lease program is about to start functioning and the resistance of a single senator will be overcome quite quickly," he said.

He goes on to mention impending aid from the Europeans and how that will help to further sway things into the Ukrainians' favor.

"And considering that there is the European aid will fully come into effect, so a million armed Ukrainian soldiers needs to be viewed as a reality of the very near future. And we need to take that into account in our operational and strategic calculations, that the situation in this regard for us will frankly get worse," he said.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian and Ukrainian ministry of foreign affairs for comment.