Alexander Dugin, a prominent ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the ongoing war with Ukraine will end when Moscow wins it, and if not, the world will be destroyed. He made the remarks while speaking to TV9 Bharatvarsh channel in an exclusive interview.
“There are two possibilities. First, it will end when we win (and) at that moment. It’s not too easy though. And the second possibility is that this fight will end with the end of the world. Whether we win, or the world will be destroyed,” Dugin, also widely acknowledged as Putin’s guru or ‘Putin’s Brain’, said.
“I am absolutely sure (that) this time Russia will not be overcome by the enemy. We won’t tolerate any other solution at the end of the war except victory and in that, all our people, our state, our President are totally in accordance,” he told the channel.
Dugin spoke exclusively to TV9 Bharatvarsh on the sidelines of an event organised in remembrance of his daughter’s death, at the hands of the “Ukrainian terrorists.” Maria, his daughter, would have turned 30 had she not got killed in a terrorist attack.
On her death, an emotional Dugin said, that if the terrorists wanted to kill him rather than his daughter, he would have loved to get killed twice.
He said the ongoing war is not between Russia and Ukraine. It is not about the fight between the two nations or between Russia and the collective West, “but the main struggle is between human beings and the evil power that attacks every country, every culture, and every people. And this black power wants to destroy the spirit, the soul, the truth and replace that by conventional wisdom, by fake news.”
“So, the war is of multipolar world order against unipolar world order. It’s nothing either about Russia, Ukraine, or Europe; it’s not against the West and the rest; it’s humanity against hegemony. There are many negative aspects of the special military operation. I am supporting my country, my President, and my people who are fighting for justice and peace in a multipolar world,” Dugin added.
Meanwhile, Valery Zaluzhny, head of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, has said that he believes the Russians will soon launch another attempt to seize the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and is preparing some 200,000 fresh troops for the same.
General Zaluzhny, in an interview with The Economist published on December 15, said that Russian mobilisation has worked. “It is not true that their problems are so dire that these people will not fight. They will. A tsar tells them to go to war, and they go to war,” he added.
He added that Russia’s strategy right now was to create reserves and prepare for the Kyiv attack which is likely to take place in February or March or “at worst at the end of January.”
“I’ve studied the history of the two Chechen wars — it was the same. They may not be that well equipped, but they still present a problem for us. We estimate that they have a reserve of 1.2m-1.5m people… The Russians are preparing some 200,000 fresh troops. I have no doubt they will have another go at Kyiv,” he said.
The general said he understood why the Russian army tried to seize Kyiv at the beginning of the war. Kremlin’s troops stormed Kyiv in February but retreated after they failed to make significant gains.
Zaluzhny added Russia’s decision to take Kyiv was “militarily” the right and the easiest one. “I would have done the same,” noting that the head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov now focused all efforts on Donbas “to preserve whatever resources he had left.”
He also expressed confidence that he can beat this enemy but needed resources. “I need 300 tanks, 600-700 ifvs, 500 Howitzers. Then, I think it is completely realistic to get to the lines of February 23rd. But I can’t do it with two brigades,” Zaluzhny added.
In related news, Ukrainian authorities reported explosions in at least three cities on Friday, saying Russia has launched a major missile attack on energy facilities and infrastructure.
Local authorities on social media reported explosions in the capital, Kyiv, southern Kryvyi Rih and northeastern Kharkiv, as authorities sounded air raid alarms across the country, warning of a new devastating barrage of the Russian strikes that have occurred intermittently since mid-October. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on Telegram that the city is without electricity.