Former US Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor on Tuesday shared his latest thoughts on the evolving crisis in Ukraine.
Author and Grayzone host Aaron Maté asked the colonel about the narrative that Ukraine has put up a bigger fight than Putin expected and is inflicting a military defeat on the Russians.
Macgregor bluntly explained the reality of the situation is that the remaining Ukrainian units have been isolated and are surrounded in various settlements.
The Ukrainian military is only capable of small, “pinprick” attacks on insignificant objects, he claimed, saying, “So, the war, for all intents and purposes, has been decided.”
The issue for the Russians, Macgregor noted, is how to make military progress with limited civilian deaths and property damage.
“Putin gave very strict orders from the outset that they were to avoid these things,” he explained. “The problem with avoiding it is that it has slowed the progress of the operation to the point that it has given false hope to both to the Ukrainians, but has been 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.”
Continuing, Macgregor said Putin could quickly achieve victory if he were to disregard civilian life and unleash his full military force on Ukraine, but continues to choose the more difficult and peaceful path.
The retired colonel thinks Washington is trying to drag out the conflict as long as possible by interfering with Ukrainian officials’ negotiations with Russia so they have time to work on their next move.
Speaking on Russia’s strategy, Macgregor touched on the south-eastern part of Ukraine where an estimated 60,000 Ukrainian troops are surrounded in what the Russians are calling “the cauldron.”
The Ukrainian forces have been isolated for several days now and might soon surrender after running out of food, water and ammunition.
With these remaining troops in a dire position and other major objects already secured by Russia, Macgregor said Putin’s goal of destroying the Ukrainian Armed Forces is nearly complete.
One unresolved issue in Ukraine is the Mariupol occupation by the Nazi Azov battalion, which is allegedly refusing to allow civilians to leave.
“As long Zelensky stalls, the more Ukrainian forces will be killed,” Macgregor asserted. “And it doesn’t make any difference how much try to we ship into Ukraine because they can’t assimilate it and use it effectively at any case in this point.”
When it comes to the most likely outcome of this war, the retired colonel predicted Russia will win, the truth surrounding the catalyst of the conflict will come out and the Ukrainian military will be destroyed.
The biggest lie to come from Western media, Macgregor told the podcast hosts, is that Russia is allegedly telling its soldiers to deliberately murder Ukrainian civilians.
“It’s nonsense, it’s absurd. Nothing could be farther from the truth,” he added.
Time will tell if the colonel’s takes on the situation turn out to be true, but one thing is for certain… we aren’t getting the truth from the mainstream media.