American Military Expert Explains the So-Called Slow Russian Advance in Ukraine

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Propaganda in the West has created false expectations of Ukrainian success, retired US officer says

Russia has largely achieved its objective of neutralizing the Ukrainian military, but Western governments mistakenly believe the deliberate progress designed to avoid civilian casualties reflects weakness and are funneling weapons to prolong the fighting, a former top Pentagon adviser has said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given strict orders from the outset to avoid civilian casualties and extensive property damage, retired US Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor told the Grayzone in an extensive interview on Tuesday.

This has slowed the Russians’ advance “to the point where it has given false hope both to the Ukrainians … but seized on by people in the West, to try and convince the world that a defeat is in progress, when in fact the opposite is the case,” Macgregor said.

“The war, for all intents and purposes, has been decided,” the retired colonel said. “The entire operation from day one was focused on the destruction of Ukrainian forces. That’s largely complete.”

The Ukrainian units still active “are completely surrounded, cut off and isolated in various towns and cities,” said Macgregor, including as many as 60,000 on the border with Donetsk, whose supplies are likely running out by now.

Media coverage of the fighting, however, ignores this reality and paints a picture of the Russian military being “inept” – in the words of some US senators – because it didn’t defeat Kiev in mere days. This is then used as an argument by advocates of NATO intervention and a “no-fly zone,” but also those who wish to send more weapons to Kiev.

“It’s very obvious Washington wants this to continue as long as possible, in hopes Russia would be desperately harmed. I just don’t see that happening,”Macgregor told Grayzone on Tuesday.

The biggest problem right now is that “in the West, there is no truth. There is wishful thinking and there is this impression of success by the Ukrainians that doesn’t stack up,” the colonel added. “The biggest lie I’ve heard repeated on television is, Russian troops have been told to deliberately murder Ukrainian civilians. That’s absurd, it’s nonsense.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the US Congress on Wednesday to send fighter jets, air defense missiles and other weapons to Kiev, as well as establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine, so his army could defeat Russia. He made the same argument to Canadian lawmakers on Tuesday.

Macgregor, however, believes that such shipments will have no effect and that Zelensky’s refusal to negotiate an armistice is only going to get more Ukrainians killed.

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Doug Hensley
Doug Hensley
6 months ago

Given that Kyiv is not surrounded as of March 18, it is clear that the destruction of the Ukrainian armed forces is not by any means close to complete.

Trevor Wilson
Trevor Wilson
5 months ago

“Military expert”? Not bloody likely. A mouthpiece for the Putin/Trump regime is more likely. The article is riddled with misinformation and outright falsehoods.

Dacian
Dacian
5 months ago
Reply to  Trevor Wilson

Hey, two trolls in a row! The Disinformation Department is still trying hard to … Do what? Achieve what? The facts on the ground are unmistakable: a wipe out defeat of the Ukronazis. See this: https://t.me/intelslava/24831

Trevor Wilson
Trevor Wilson
5 months ago
Reply to  Dacian

“To do what?”

To counter the disinformation distributed by the Putin/Trump regime.

Dacian
Dacian
5 months ago
Reply to  Trevor Wilson

Yes, to lie for another day. So tomorrow Mariupol is cleared of the Ukronazi, so then what’s going to be the next lie? The Bucha killing turns out was done by a Tochk-U by the Ukrainian army. The serial number of the missile is incontestable. Lies, lies… Lie trolls… and the caravan moves on.

Trevor Wilson
Trevor Wilson
5 months ago
Reply to  Dacian

So, your contention is that it is fine for one nation to invade another, sovereign, nation to kill, torture, rape and maim it’s civilians, in order to deal with a purely internal, ALLEGED problem (Nazis).

Here’s the thing:

There are Nazis in most nations. Including places like Poland. Can we expect Russia to invade Poland next, in order to rid the nation of these Nazis?

Dacian
Dacian
5 months ago
Reply to  Trevor Wilson

Troll. Yes, that’s exactly what the US did for a hundred years. Looting Europe, looting Latin America, looting the Middle East, looting Asia, including the lap-dog Japan. And if another country finally steps in and says, enough! All the trolls and the sheeple are now righteous, countries’ sovereignty defenders, human rights, blah, blah, blah.

Tell that to the millions of dead Afghans, dead Iraqis, dead Syrians, also dead Germans, dead Europeans.

Troll, get back into your cubicle, you didn’t earn your pay-check today.

Trevor Wilson
Trevor Wilson
5 months ago
Reply to  Dacian

Let me remind you:

We are discussing PUTIN’S illegal action in this thread. NOT the US. If you wish to discuss illegal US actions around the world, then start a new thread.

You may now make further excuses and deflections in order to defend Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine. A war where Putin is responsible for killing, maiming, torturing and raping Ukrainian civilians.

Over to you: Let’s hear your idiotic deflections and excuses.

Dacian
Dacian
5 months ago
Reply to  Trevor Wilson

You are lying, defensive war is not illegal. Russia is defending itself (not “Putin”, “Putin”, “Putin”! – liar). ALL the members of the Duma of ALL political stripes voted for the defense of Russia from the imminent attack by the Ukronazies, armed to their teeth by the Anglozionists.

And yes, we are discussion the hypocritical West and their policies of war for the last hundred of years. This is just the latest example. This is the West’s unprovoked war.

Don’t try again.