Journalist Butusov on Russia's crushing defeat, new draft, demilitarization of Transnistria

3 April, 05:44 PM
A Russian tank stuck somewhere in Chernihiv Oblast, April 1, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

A Russian tank stuck somewhere in Chernihiv Oblast, April 1, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and his army suffered a crushing defeat in the north of Ukraine and near Kyiv. According to Yuriy Butusov, editor-in-chief of Censor.NET outlet, the enemy will now attempt to slice pieces off Ukraine.

In an interview with Radio NV, the journalist surmised whether Russia would be able to recuperate and attack the capital again, and also why the Armed Forces of Ukraine should demilitarize Transnistria.

- You laughed at the fact that the Kremlin propagandists are in despair, and we have not heard from dictator Vladimir Putin for a long time that "the special operation is going according to plan." What did you mean?

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- They stumbled upon circumstances that they did not take into account — very powerful resistance, enormous, thousands of losses, which seriously undermined the combat capability of the Russian army. And now they are no longer certain that they will be able to impose their conditions on Ukraine.

The situation is escalating for them, because they realized that the attempt to seize all of Ukraine has failed. A panic withdrawal from the north, flight, abandonment of many hundreds of units of military equipment — this means that Putin's seizure of Ukraine has failed. And now they are trying to cut pieces off from the parts of Ukraine where they have the most strength.

- You called April 1 the day of the escape of Russian troops from the northern regions of Ukraine. But there is an expert opinion that they will regroup and return with a proper plan. How serious is this problem?

- This year, at least, without lengthy preparation, they will not be able to make a return anywhere. They have suffered a crushing defeat and heavy losses. They need to restore their strength.

The defeat for the Russian army was very tough: near Kyiv, above all, and in other northern areas

Now they will try to concentrate all their forces in order to achieve at least some military success in the Donbas and Mariupol. They have realized that they have lost the war for central Ukraine.

- What should we make of the draft, which began in Russia on April 1?

- I am not afraid of conscription in Russia. I understand that they need at least someone to replace the losses. But these are people who are not prepared for war, so they will not be able to somehow influence, change the balance of power at the front.

- Do almost 3,000 Russian servicemen in Transnistria pose a threat to Ukraine?

- Transnistria is a big problem that needs to be addressed. We are menaced by the Russian contingent, which constantly causes danger. Given its hostile actions, which are very harmful to Ukraine, Kyiv needs to work out a way to neutralize this threat that the Russian military bases in Transnistria pose for us.

I believe that Transnistria should be demilitarized by the Ukrainian army.

Ukraine should pay great attention to Transnistria and eliminate the threat on its southern borders.

- But Moldova is not ready for this. Experts say that the country is poor and has no army. How do you see this demilitarization?

- This can only be done by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

- Do you mean that we should solve this problem for Moldova?

- We must solve the problem of Transnistria for ourselves, because it deflects a lot of our forces and destabilizes the situation in the entire region. This Russian criminal enclave must be completely demilitarized.

Of course, no one other than Ukraine will do this. Nobody else will take on this responsibility.

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