‘They set us up!’ Shocking moment Putin’s propagandists begin to turn on one another – VID. Source: EXPRESS. Daily Briefing

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‘They set us up!’ Shocking moment Putin’s propagandists begin to turn on one another – VID

RUSSIAN state-controlled television hosts descended into a heated row over Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine as the “special military operation” drags on

By Leia Paxton

08:23, Mon, Sep 12, 2022 | UPDATED: 08:23, Mon, Sep 12, 2022

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Russian state TV pundits clash over military action in Ukraine

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A panel of Russian propagandists became involved in a fiery debate over the Kremlin’s decision to invade Ukraine back in February. State-controlled media channels have pumped out hours of pro-war propaganda since the “special military operation” began, but the feud between the panellists has exposed a shift in the television coverage of the war. Divisions among the Russian pundits emerged after one former State Duma Deputy claimed the President’s advisors had “set all of us up” by encouraging Vladimir Putin to take on Ukraine. Another panellist denounced this judgement and declared the war must continue as negotiations are impossible with, what he described as “Zelensky’s Nazi regime”.

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Speaking on Kremlin-controlled television, former State Duma Deputy Boris Zadezhdin said: “People convinced President Putin that the special operation will be fast and effective, we won’t strike the civilian population, we’ll come in and our National Guard, along with Kadyrovites, will bring things to order.

“These people really set all of us up. The President didn’t just sit there and think, why don’t I start a special operation 

“Someone told him that the Ukrainians will surrender, that they will flee, that they’ll want to join Russia.”

Mr Zadezhdin formally served in the Russian Government as a State Duma Deputy which is an elected member of the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia.


The Russian television pundits clashed over Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” (Image: Twitter: Julia Davis)

Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin initially planned for a short conflict that would quickly seize control of Kyiv (Image: GETTY)

He continued on to level accusations against the media: “Someone had to be telling him all of this – they also said the same on TV.

“We’re now at the point when we have to understand: it is absolutely impossible to defeat Ukraine using those resources and colonial war methods with which Russia is trying to wage war, using contract soldiers, mercenaries, no mobilisation.

“A strong army is opposing the Russian army, fully supported by the most powerful countries, in the economic and technological sense, including European countries.”

The show’s host interjected to clarify: “Are you suggesting mobilisation?”

Mr Zadezhdin replied: “I’m suggesting peace talks about ending the war and moving on to dealing with political issues.”

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