Russian State TV Host Says Kherson Retreat May Be Trap To Lure NATO Troops


Italian soldiers stand in formation as they take part in the official ceremony marking Italy’s becoming a framework nation for the NATO battle group on the territory of Bulgaria at Novo Selo military ground on October 17, 2022. The TV host suggested napalm could be used in the war.GETTY

A Russian state TV pundit appeared to suggest that his country’s retreat from Kherson could be part of a “secret plan” to lure NATO troops into Ukraine to “destroy them.”

Russian troops abandoned Kherson earlier this week, allowing Ukrainian forces to march into the city unopposed.

The retreat represents a significant setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin after he formally annexed four Ukranian provinces into the country, including Kherson oblast, earlier this year.

TV host Tigran Keosayan appeared on a panel discussion show on Saturday, where he said he hopes the Russian withdrawal was to lull Western troops into a false sense of security.

In a November 12 clip shared on Twitter by the Russian Media Monitor, Keosayan said: “I hope that perhaps this is a secret plan to lure them. Remember, we discussed this one week ago. You said that most likely, this is a trap but now I’m talking about more of a global trap.

“Right now, we are demonstrating that we can’t defend ourselves from NATO’s troops. Having lost all limitations, the NATO troops cross the borders of Poland, Slovakia, Czechia – they fill all of Ukraine then we destroy all of them.

“With FAB [unguided heavy explosive bombs and napalm. Terrified, they run away. I don’t have any other plan. It’s sad honestly. Sad because it doesn’t correspond with the rhetoric that is being maintained within society, as opposed to the actual state of affairs.”

World leaders have repeatedly ruled out sending NATO troops into Ukraine and have instead donated billions in military aid. The U.S. alone has committed at least $19.3 billion since the start of the war.

Despite not having support from NATO troops on the frontline, Ukraine claims more than 80,000 Russian troops have been killed since the start of the war. This figure has been disputed by Russia and military analysts.

Recent military losses and the retreat from Kherson have led to anger from some Putin allies.

Alexander Dugin, known as “Putin’s Brain,” hinted in a veiled warning that the Russian leader could see himself overthrown if he did not get a grip of the situation.

And Russian state TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov expressed his frustration that Russian forces had retreated.

In an animated appearance on his Saturday morning show ‘Full Contact” on Vesti FM radio, Solovyov said: “I’ve been screaming out loud since February that we need to strike the bridges, destroy the infrastructure, delivery entryways. They [Russian military] said, ‘You don’t understand anything, they’ll bring their equipment to the same area and we will smash it!’

“So did you smash it? ‘You don’t understand, it’s a brotherly nation, we’ll have to restore these bridges, we’ll enter through them’.”

He went on to question reports that Russian troops had blown up bridges as they fled across the Dnipro river.

Solovyov added: “Where? Where will we enter? When they were leaving [Kherson], they blew up the bridges. Where are we going to enter?”

Newsweek has contacted the Kremlin for comment.


  1. “A Russian state TV pundit appeared to suggest that his country’s retreat from Kherson could be part of a “secret plan” to lure NATO troops into Ukraine to “destroy them.”

    This very asinine statement is another bit of evidence to prove what hard-core screwballs that the ruskies really are. Or, can anyone make any sense about this claim, as to how the cockroach Escape From Kherson is supposed to lure NATO into Ukraine?

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  2. In the words of Robert De Niro in The Goodfellas:
    “So long fuckos!”
    Solovyov, Simonyan and her shitbag husband need to slither back into the septic tank they were first cultivated in.

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  3. The orcs just can’t stomach the fact, that the Ukrainian army is destroying the Potemkin army with second grade NATO weapons, and Soviet weapons. Just imagine what they would do with first grade NATO weapons.

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