Retired Russian colonel admits Putin’s army needs to “replenish losses” suffered in Ukraine

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A video has surfaced allegedly showing retired Russian Colonel Mikhail Khodaryonok admitting on state television that his country needs to “replenish the losses in personnel, weapons and equipment” it suffered in the was in Ukraine.

Khodaryonok reportedly made the comments on Friday while also wondering whether to mobilize more troops it would help Russia in the warwhich now extends for 75 days.

The clip begins with Khodaryonok saying “imagine the drum roll, the sound of the fanfare and the mobilization is declared.

A damaged Russian tank was seen on a highway to Kiev, Ukraine on Monday.
(AP / Efrem Lukatsky)

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“How soon, with this mobilization, will we have the first fighter aviation regiment? We will get it by New Year,” he said.

“If we order the construction of new ships tonight, how soon will we have the first one? In two years,” he continued.

“This is the deal with the mobilization,” Khodaryonok said. “If we set the goal of forming a new tank division, when would it be ready? I would say in at least 90 days.”

On Saturday, April 23, part of a destroyed tank and a burnt vehicle are in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine.

On Saturday, April 23, part of a destroyed tank and a burnt vehicle are in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine.
(AP)

“And it wouldn’t be equipped with modern weapons because we don’t have modern weapons and equipment in our reserves,” he added.

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Khodaryonok, speaking to a panel, also said that “sending people armed with weapons of the past into a 21st century war to fight against global standard NATO weapons would not be the right thing to do.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, Russia on Monday, May 9.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, Russia on Monday, May 9.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, photo of the Kremlin pool via AP)

“Of course, we need to replenish the losses in terms of personnel, weapons and equipment, but this should be done through industrial enterprises that produce modern and advanced equipment,” he said in the video. “Mobilization would not solve these problems”.

Amy Kellogg, Tariq Khan and Rebekah Koffler of Fox News contributed to this report.