As many Western countries pledged to send tanks to Ukraine’s armed forces in the televised “Big Game” debate, several players have fired back in recent days against Western support for the neighboring country, which Russian forces have invaded for nearly a year. .
For Viatcheslav Nikonov, the coordinator of the program, when he publicly thanked the new supply of tanks on Wednesday, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, appeared with “dropping ears”, apparently after a “cocaine party”.
It is also understood that Germany was disappointed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s decision to allow German Leopard 2 tanks to be made available to the Ukrainians. That’s because, he said, large sections of German society know that “nothing can unite Russians more than seeing German tanks on the front line,” in a clear nod to World War II.
“Will these tanks to be delivered to Ukraine make a difference?” asked Nikonov, a former deputy and historian, on Thursday’s show.
Ivan Safranchuk, director of the Center for Eurasian Research at the State Institute of International Relations, went further and drew a parallel between the surrender of tanks and the capture of Berlin by Soviet forces in World War II.
“The population remembers that German tanks were once thrown against the then Soviet Union and this resulted in the capture of the Reichstag. Hence the logic of the question: will this situation not happen again now?” Safranchuk speculates.
The “deep state crisis”, which “affects German society”, he said, “has already reached the Bundestag”.
The result, he continued, is the “cleansing of the Ukrainian people, although Russian forces seek to preserve – which is difficult in a context of war – the human resources of Ukraine.”
Alexei Leonkov, a military expert for the magazine “Arsenal da Pátria”, said, regarding the deadlines for the delivery of German and North American armored vehicles to Ukraine, that the latter “have always been on the alert”, arguing that the preparation of the tanks will essentially include the training of Polish operators.
“It will not be American personnel maneuvering the tanks offered in Ukraine, mainly because its current position [Joe] Biden [Presidente dos Estados Unidos] it is very fragile,” Leonkov argued, without presenting any evidence to support the position.
Iliá Kiva, a former member of the Ukrainian parliament for the opposition Platform for Life, a party that has since been outlawed by President Zelensky, declared that “the US wants to regain control of Ukraine.”
“Everyone knows that the Zelensky regime is under the influence of two Anglo-Saxon structures: MI6 and the CIA [serviços de informações britânico e norte-americano, respetivamente]. They may even have common interests, such as striking Russia strategically, but each has its own methods,” Kiva argued.
The “horror gallery” presented by Kiva included corruption in Ukraine – which last week led to the arrest of dozens of senior officials, including the Ministry of Defense – and an alleged “spring campaign” by the Ukrainian armed forces that “the men fleeing the mobilization are wanted across the country’, used ‘by the West as cannon fodder’.
“In this way, we are approaching the moment when the Russian Federation, I am sure, will put an end” to the conflict, the pro-Kremlin activist said.