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A Kremlin propagandist has admitted that Russia underestimated the impact of US-supplied weapons on Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.

host during an exchange on Russian Channel One on Tuesday Vremya Package (Time will tell), Artyom Sheinin discussed with State Duma Deputy Chairman Pyotr Tolstoy the role of Western countries and their leaders in helping Ukraine.

After Tolstoy spoke of the importance of Russia capturing Odesa, Poltava, Sumy, and Kharkiv, Sheinin replied that the likelihood of capturing these Ukrainian cities would depend on whether the German Gepard tanks and French howitzers “appear there or not.”

Tolstoy said Russian forces could “napalm the European humanitarians, along with their weapons,” as he rejected the idea of ​​talks to end hostilities. He argued that the only outcome of the war would be “capitulation to Russia” or “the capitulation of Russia”.

An M142 High Mobility Artillery Missile System (HIMARS) is used during a naval exercise involving the Philippine Marines and the US Marine Corps in Tarlac, Philippines on October 13, 2022. Russian propagandists expressed concern on state television. US supply of HIMARS and other weapons systems to Ukraine
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But Sheinin then called on Russia to be “honest and straight with ourselves”, describing how “we used to joke about the Ukrainian army for a long time, but a lot of people don’t think it’s funny anymore”, he said.

“We were joking about American weapons,” he continued. “After getting up close and personal with HIMARS and 155mm rounds, it’s no longer so funny to see them precisely dismantle our warehouses and command centers.”

Sheinin was referring to US-supplied weapons that have brought significant success to Ukrainian forces.

Scheinin said he understands the rhetoric of talking tough, but “maybe we’ll wrap them up, but this wrap isn’t happening very quickly.”

The exchange was tweeted by journalist Julia Davies of Russia Media Monitor.

“A Russian state TV host destroys the courage of a lawmaker about Russia’s intention to seize all of Ukraine and burn European humanitarians with napalm, injecting a rare dose of honesty into the conversation,” he wrote.

US-supplied weapons to Ukraine have become a bone of contention for guests on Russian state television. It was reported this week that the US will send batteries of Patriot missiles, the most advanced surface-to-air missile it has provided to Kiev, to Ukraine.

Russia 1 program host, 60 minutesYevgeny Popov appeared dismayed by the move in a video tweeted by BBC Monitoring’s Francis Scarr.

“The technical characteristics of these systems should not be underestimated,” said Popov, or the fact that “American air defense systems are appearing on the borders of Russia.”

The Patriots will help Ukraine address gaps in its integrated air defense capabilities to deal with barrages of missiles and Iranian-supplied drones that have struck civilian and infrastructure targets.

Sean McFate, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, described their provision as “a major step forward in US commitments.”

“The patriots will cause the Russian response,” he said Newsweek in an emailed statement. “It will be diplomatic, but it is the strongest US action to date.”


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