According to a veteran US Army general, propaganda in the West has fueled unrealistic expectations about Ukrainian achievement.
According to a former top Pentagon adviser, Russia has largely achieved its objective of neutralising the Ukrainian military, but Western governments are mistaking the deliberate progress made to avoid civilian casualties for signs of weakness and are funneling weapons to the country in order to prolong the fighting, according to the former adviser.
In an extended interview with the Grayzone on Tuesday, former US Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had issued stringent instructions from the onset to prevent civilian fatalities and substantial property damage.
This has delayed the Russians’ advance “to the point that it has given false optimism both to the Ukrainians… but has also been seized on by those in the West, who are attempting to persuade the world that a defeat is taking place, when in reality the reverse is true,” according to Macgregor.
It has been declared that the war has been won in everything but name, according to the retired colonel. “The whole operation, from the outset, was geared on the destruction of Ukrainian military assets. “Most of the work has been completed.”
In numerous towns and cities throughout Ukraine, the Ukrainian battalions that are still fighting “are entirely encircled, cut off, or otherwise isolated,” according to Macgregor, including as many as 60,000 troops on the border with Donetsk, whose supplies are believed to be running low by now.
The media portrayal of the war, on the other hand, overlooks this fact and portrays the Russian military as “inept” – in the words of some US senators – for failing to defeat Kiev in a matter of days. Advocates for NATO action and a “no-fly zone,” as well as those who want to transfer additional weaponry to Kiev, tout this as a rationale.
Washington clearly wants this to continue for as long as possible in the hopes that Russia will be severely wounded,” says the author. “I simply don’t see that happening,” Macgregor said in an interview with Grayzone on Tuesday.
The most pressing issue facing the West at the moment is that “there is no truth.” “There is a lot of wishful thinking going on, and the Ukrainians have a false sense of victory that doesn’t hold up,” the colonel said, adding that “The most outrageous falsehood I’ve seen repeated on television is that Russian forces have been instructed to purposefully kill Ukrainian people. ” What you are saying is nonsensical, it is nonsense.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine requested that the US Congress provide fighter planes, air defence missiles, and other weaponry to Kiev in order for his army to beat Russia on Wednesday. He also requested that a no-fly zone be established over Ukrainian territory. On Tuesday, he made the same point to members of Parliament in Canada.
Macgregor, on the other hand, feels that such supplies would have little impact and that Zelensky’s reluctance to negotiate an armistice will simply lead to the deaths of more Ukrainians.