Reside updates: Russia’s battle in Ukraine

Retired Russian colonel Mikhail Khodarenok speaks on Russian state TV on Wednesday. (Rossiya One)Retired Russian colonel Mikhail Khodarenok mentioned any speak about Ukraine with the ability to counterattack is a “large exaggeration,” only a day after he criticized Russia’s army operations in Ukraine saying the state of affairs for Russia may “worsen.”Chatting with a Russian state TV channel on Wednesday, Khodarenok mentioned, “When folks speak about Ukraine buying the flexibility to counterattack, properly it is a large exaggeration. And as issues the actions of our supreme command, there may be each cause to consider that the implementation of those plans will within the very close to future give Ukraine an disagreeable shock.”He additionally mentioned it could be unattainable for the Ukrainian armed forces to realize aerial supremacy within the subsequent few months, and by way of gaining naval supremacy, he mentioned, “whereas our Black Sea Fleet is within the Black Sea, Ukraine’s Black Sea Fleet having supremacy is out of the query.”On Tuesday nonetheless, Khodarenok mentioned data being unfold a few “ethical or psychological breakdown” of Ukrainian armed forces isn’t even “near actuality.” He additionally mentioned Ukraine may arm 1 million folks, and that Russia wants to think about that in its operational and strategic calculations.”The state of affairs for us, will frankly worsen,” he mentioned on Tuesday. He additionally criticized Russia’s geopolitical isolation from the world, and previous to the invasion he warned that it could be tougher than many anticipated to wage battle in Ukraine.Earlier reporting from CNN’s Tim Lister, Anastasia Graham Yooll and Taras Zadorozhnyy.