"It's a war against NATO, a war for our country's survival," Solovyov said, adding that Russia "decided finally to finish the eight-year war," referencing Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the war in Donbas.
"Over the first six months of the special military operation, with minimal human losses, we're fighting with less than 15 percent of our peacetime army," he said.
Six months on, there's no suggestion that state media are preparing Russians for a scaling-back of the Kremlin's ambitions in Ukraine.
Solovyov says Russia is fighting a war against Nato for its survival and has "liberated" over 10 million Ukrainians from their "Nazi government" pic.twitter.com/EtDRM2dYOM — Francis Scarr (@francis_scarr) August 25, 2022.
He also invoked alleged American talking points that Russian forces have "disabled more than 200,000 Ukrainian Nazi servicemen" in terms of both dead and wounded soldiers.
An anonymous Pentagon official earlier this month said Ukrainian troops have surprised Putin and allies worldwide, combating aggression in a manner "we might not have thought [was] possible.".
Newsweek reached out to NATO and the defense ministries of Russia and Ukraine for comment. »