This entire interview is a sick joke only provided to the western sponsors in a pathetic struggle for more begger cash.
In one of his latest entries, Putin called a 7+ mln Ukrainians who escaped to Russia.
Combine that with another 5-6 mln who are left in the west, all absorbed territories and Crimea, and we end up with MAYBE 20 mln people left at Kiev controlled territory.
There is no way to challenge those data, as only official registered inflow of Ukrainians to Poland totalled 3.5 mln from 240222 toll mid May 22. In TEN WEEKS.
The only misleading issue is, that after Russians withdrew it's forces as a result of peace agreements in Stanbul, some of those people went back to Ukraine, leaving close to zero net inflow in May/June of 22. But that has changed pretty soon.
The number given for army is nothing more than a struggle to get more bribes, and the insanity of those numbers is getting clear only if we collide the stupidities they are saying with the reality.
Like it was back in the beginning of 2023, when data provided by Ukrs suggested to the Brits that there mist be close to a quarter million casualties, as the numbers don't match.
Over here we used to have a comedy show in which the main character (Red Green) used duct tape to repair everything...
There was some comedy where everything was being made with hummus
And we have a great comedy here about deserters from Austro-Hungarian army where a Shoewax was an answer t any struggle
Who sow the wind...
An interesting memory note I have, is my discussion here regarding the outcome of the war I carried back in March 22 with some folks from my institute. It was a continuation of series of lectures, where I have presented multiple cases of Russian economy being reoriented to the East as early as beginning of 21. All the clear moves by Gazprom and other Russian giants have left no doubts that there is something really serious going on. Anyway, at the end of 21, by conclusion was that Russian energy export needs around a year to became independent from the western markets, and that is why they really don't care much about ending of binding contracts in 2023-26.
Nobody believed in that.
When the shit hit the fan, very first expectation of my noble colleagues was that Russia will bend over pretty fast, and beg for mercy.
Again, I was trying to show them how delusional are those expectations, considering that covid limitations have showed how empty is the real economy of the combined west. They had an issue with getting a point, that if an economy shrinks by 45% in several months, and nothing monumental really happens, it means that it was a shadow economy of financial instruments, dog barbers and Hollywood.
Nobody gets the point, that a real economy of the whole west is not as powerful if clashes with real resources&industry driven economy of Russia.
Finally, one of my colleagues asked me openly, how do I predict the situation to look like in a year time period.
When I told him, that in my opinion Russia will consolidate, speed up processes of reorienting to the east, never in predictable future to return to the business as usual status with the EU and "west", they all laughed.
Well, I have nit discussed much with them for the last year +, must arrange some nice meeting there
But not sure if they will be interested