Kurginyan: Russian army in Ukraine needs 300 thousand volunteers

23.08.2022, Moscow.

The number of Russian troops in Ukraine needs to reach at least 500 thousand, said political scientist, philosopher and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on August 18 in a new issue of his orignal program Destiny published on the movement’s YouTube channel.

According to Kurginyan, data on the number of the volunteers ready to fight in Ukraine are only publicly available for 25 regions of Russia.

According on these data, the actual number of volunteers is 22.5 thousand people, including 19 thousand in Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s new battalions that he reported. For the rest of the 24 regions, 3.5 thousand volunteers remain, accordingly.

As Russia consists of 85 regions, if the obtained numbers are multiplied by 3.4 (the 85 to 25 ratio), the overall number of volunteers nationwide can be estimated as 30 thousand (if Kadyrov’s data are left out) to less than 80 thousand (based on 22.5 thousand without leaving out the number for Chechnya).

“Thus, a very approximate number of the volunteers is between 80 to 30 thousand. I must stress again, this is only an estimate,” the political scientist indicated. Kurginyan discussed what our attitude to this number should be.

“On the one hand, we must give our respect to those who successfully performed this important and significant initiative, and we must say that even 30 thousand is a major help to our soldiers, to say nothing of 80 thousand,” the political scientist stressed.

However, Kurginyan believes that the Russian army in Ukraine needs more volunteers, at least 300 thousand.

“On the other hand, I must – and I have to stress that this is my subjective and absolutely private position – insist that we need not 30 and not 80 but at least 300 thousand volunteers to overcome the situation in Ukraine,” the political scientist believes.

According to Kurginyan, such a significant increase in the number of the Russian troops is necessary, firstly, because they will soon advance to the line along Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Druzhkovka, Konstantinovka, and Avdeevka, where a 100 thousand Ukrainian contingent will be strongly defending.

“That is a contingent six or seven fold as large at the one that was in Mariupol. How long will it take to deal with it? And what will take place in that period?” Kurginyan added.

Secondly, the political scientist believes, Ukraine together with the West will be actively preparing a trick to prevent Russia’s victory, and their strikes on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant are only the first attempt.

Thirdly, in addition to Donbass, Russia will have to take care of the rest of Ukraine. In addition to Ukraine, problems in Transdniestria, in Russia’s south, and in Far East can appear. These would be the fourth, the fifth, the sixth etc. issues.

Therefore, Russia has to have at least 500 thousand-strong military force, Kurginyan concluded.

“If this idea of the future is realistic enough, then we really need at least a half-million-strong group in Ukraine, having absolutely different equipment and prepared to the victory in the momentous conflict with the Banderite Ukraine.”

Kurginyan stressed again that the Russian force in Ukraine now is doing better than one could expect, and thus it deserves all honor, but this force has to be strengthened in order to overcome the challenges that Russia is facing.

“If everything I am saying here is realistic and remains within our actual gloomy reality, then we really need at least half million people, well trained, well armed, provided with all kinds of equipment, as a minimum,” Kurginyan concluded. According to expert estimates, about 150-200 thousand professional servicemen are currently involved in Russia’s special operation in Ukraine.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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