Vladimir Solovyov says Russia needs a larger army
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As Moscow’s troops have been forced to withdraw from Kherson, Russian state media has called for the Kremlin’s forces to be rebuilt in order to launch an attack on the entirety of Europe. propagandist Vladimir Solovyov suggested the Kremlin should mobilise a far “larger” army and initiate a “full-scale war” across all European territory. He also denied that Russia’s retreat from Kherson would mean the Kremlin’s “objective” in the war had failed, suggesting Moscow should push on with the plot to bring into the Russian Federation.
Speaking on Russian state-controlled television, Solovyov reported: “It’s necessary for us to acknowledge that we need a different army.
“By ‘different’, I mean a larger one which is capable of covering the whole length of the front line and waging a full scale war on European territory.”
He appeared to suggest the Kremlin should expand Vladimir Putin’s brutal plot to annex Ukraine across the rest of Europe, likely in retaliation to Europe’s staunch support for Kyiv.
He added: “Nobody has got rid of our objective – demilitarisation and denazification and neutral status for Ukraine.”
The Russian media pundit claimed the “severe problems” that had arisen throughout the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine should be solved with an “iron fist”.
Russian pundit Vladimir Solovyov called for Putin to launch a ‘full-scale’ war with Europe (Image: GETTY/Twitter: @francis_scarr)
Putin has previously slated the ‘collective West’ (Image: GETTY)
The Russian President has previously threatened Ukraine’s European allies, often tying Europe into derogatory statements he makes about “the collective West”.
Vladimir Putin escalated tensions with Europe by slashing the continent’s supply of Russian gas, sparking a widespread energy cost crisis.
He has since suggested the dire economic situation within Europe, that has been fuelled by the invasion of Ukraine, is actually the product of “systemic mistakes” made by European political leaders.
Despite his frequent criticisms of the Western world, Putin told a foreign relations conference last month that the Kremlin had no “evil intentions” towards Europe, instead suggesting Russia had been unfairly demonised in coverage of the war.
The news comes as Russian troops withdraw from Kherson (Image: GETTY)
Kremlin authorities have called for mandatory military training in schools (Image: GETTY)
Solovyov did acknowledge there had been a “stalling of the campaign” and this had forced military leaders to make some “painful decisions”.
This statement likely referred to the loss of Kherson, which had been the only regional capital city Russia had been able to capture after nine months of fighting.
General Sergei Surovikin, the Kremlin’s commander in Ukraine, announced the plan to withdraw from Kherson during a carefully coordinated state media broadcast.
The general asserted the shift in strategy was “sensible” and claimed Russian forces would be able to establish strong defensive positions on the east bank of the Dnipro River.
Russian forces have lost the only regional capital city they had occupied in Ukraine (Image: GETTY)
Solovyov called for the Kremlin to “reopen military academies” in order to mobilise thousands more recruits for this “larger” army.
Russian Education Minister Sergey Kravstov announced on Wednesday that mandatory military training would return to Russian schools by September 2023.
The rollout of a military programme within the Russian education system marks the reprisal of a Soviet-era policy which saw children trained to handle and fire rifles as part of their mandatory schooling.
The Russia Ministry of Defence has suggested at least 140 hours per academic year should be devoted to this military programme, which effectively marks a bid to improve the quality of Russian conscripts.