A panelist on a recent Russian state television program was interrupted by a host after criticizing Russia’s bombing of Ukrainian power plants amid its invasion of the Eastern European country.
In recent weeks, Russia has stepped up its attacks on Ukrainian power plants. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a tweet on October 18 that in the previous eight days, Russia had destroyed 30% of Ukrainian power plants, “causing massive blackouts across the country”.
During the Russian state television segment, which was posted on Twitter Saturday by Julia Davis, columnist for The Daily Beast and founder of the Russian Media Monitor, panelists discussed Russia’s recent targeting of Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure. Sociologist Alexei Roschin then began to criticize Russia’s actions.
“I don’t know what kind of just world order we could be talking about, as we destroy power plants and infrastructure in Ukraine,” Roschin said.
“You haven’t been here in a while. He’s got stuff in his soul,” host Andrey Norkin quipped. “He decided to throw a turd on the pitch.”
“This is cruelty and sadism, a war against civilians. This is a war against the people,” Roschin continued.
Norkin interrupted again, saying, “You’re forcing me to explain everything that’s been said in our studio in your absence for the past three, four, five years.”
“As a citizen, I am responsible, but I did not approve of the bombing of Ukrainian power plants,” Roschin replied.
“Let’s pretend we’ve listened to the rest of your manifesto, do you have anything substantial to say?” Norkin asked.
“When these are the kinds of things we do, how they feel towards us is clearly understandable,” Roschin concluded.
In a separate part of the segment, another panelist, Aleksandr Sytin, a political scientist and historian, said Russia “violated the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation” when it invaded the country in late February.
Speaking on whether the strikes would force the Ukrainians to negotiate with Russian officials, he added: “These borders of a sovereign nation that were violated, those were not Russian borders. is pretty much it. So far, there’s no sign that anyone is ready to make a deal with Russia on anything.”
“What about stacks of potential intermediaries? Norkin asked.
“A pile of intermediaries is just a pile and nothing more for now. For Ukraine, territorial confessions are considered not only impossible, but also inadmissible,” said Sytin, who added that ‘it is useless to expect the Ukrainian people to surrender…because they are forced to cook bacon over a candle.’
“They are ex-Soviets. Geography aside, these ex-Soviets survived the siege of Leningrad. They are filled with hatred. For them, this is their patriotic war. So neither we nor they could be broken from this way,” he continued. .
Talk of Russia destroying Ukraine’s power plants comes amid fears by Ukrainian officials that Russian troops could blow up the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) and potentially trigger a nuclear disaster.
“It is very likely that during the retreat the enemy may resort to a series of terrorist attacks with the detonation of residential areas, the transformation of temporarily occupied territories into scorched earth, with the task of causing critical damage to the infrastructure,” Ukraine said. Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov said Ukraine Pravda Thursday.