Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a “puppet” who’s putting his people at “unnecessary risk” by dragging out the conflict with Russia, according to retired Army Colonel Douglas MacGregor.
When asked on Fox Business why Russian President Vladimir Putin had targeted the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, MacGregor explained that he wasn’t trying to destroy the station, but was targeting Ukrainian forces who’ve embedded themselves in civilian infrastructure to avoid annihilation.
“What you’re seeing is that the Russians have now driven what’s left of the Ukrainian forces, who are taking refuge in population centers – cities – because they have no mobility, no air defense, no air cover, no logistical infrastructure,” MacGregor said on Friday.
“They are now mingling with the population, much as we’ve seen in the Middle East when we drove the Islamists out of business, they ran into cities, used people as shields – the civilian population – and trying to avoid being annihilated.”
“And I think that’s essentially what’s happening today with the population being used by the Ukrainian forces to avoid destruction,” he added.
Fox Business host Stuart Varney then asked if Putin was trying to “flatten” Ukraine into rubble.
“No. Absolutely not. In fact, he’s worked hard to capture most of it intact, surprisingly little damage frankly, Stuart,” MacGregor pointed out. “Much less damage than we inflicted on Iraq when we went in in ’91 and again in 2003. No, I think they’re just surrounding the Ukrainian forces and they are annihilating them.”
MacGregor went on to claim that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is just trying to postpone “inevitable” defeat in the hopes that America comes to “rescue” him.
“We are not coming. President Biden has made that very clear,” he said.
“The question is, what is it that Zelensky is going to do? The Russians have made it very clear that what they want is a neutral Ukraine. This could have ended days ago if he accepted that, and then they can adjust the borders,” he said, adding that Russia’s objective is not to occupy Ukraine, but to “destroy Ukrainian forces.”
MacGregor also suggested Zelensky is merely a “puppet” of the West who’s “putting huge numbers of his own population at unnecessary risk” by trying to drag out the conflict with Russia using propaganda.
“And quite frankly, most of what comes out of Ukraine is debunked as lies within 24 to 48 hours,” MacGregor said. “The notions of taking and retaking airfields, all of this is nonsense. It hasn’t happened.”
Varney then came to Zelensky’s defense, asking whether MacGregor thinks Zelensky could be considered a “hero” to his people.
“No. I do not,” MacGregor chuckled. “I don’t see anything heroic about the man. And I think the most heroic thing he can do right now is to come to terms with reality. Neutralize Ukraine. This is not a bad thing. A neutral Ukraine would be good for us as well for Russia. It would create the buffer that frankly, both sides want.”
“But he’s being told to hang on and trying to drag this out, which is tragic for the people who have to live through this,” he added.
Varney again pushed back, saying he’s “inclined to disagree” with MacGregor – without offering any evidence to rebut the colonel’s statements – before ending the segment.
MacGregor’s sober predictions and analysis over the last week have so far proven largely accurate despite over-the-top propaganda claiming Ukrainian forces are easily winning the conflict against Russia.
Notably, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Friday that NATO membership of Ukraine is no longer “on the table”, a guarantee Putin had demanded for years before finally invading Ukraine in late February, and likely a concession that wouldn’t have been made if Russia was truly losing the conflict.
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