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Col. Macgregor Rips Zelenskyy As ‘Puppet,’ Says Russia Avoids Casualties

March 6, 2022 (EIRNS)—Col. Douglas Macgregor, who has been an outspoken opponent of the regime change wars, took on the British journalist Stuart Varney on Fox Business on March 4, ripping into the lies about what is going on in Ukraine and what caused it. He began by asserting that the Russians have carefully avoided damaging power supplies or water facilities, adding that the Ukrainian Army ( he didn’t distinguish between the Army and the Nazi militia) have used civilians as shields, “as the terrorists did in Syria,” Putin’s policy is to “capture as much as possible in tact—he has done much less damage than we did in Iraq.”

Zelenskyy, he said, is being pushed to hold on, to the detriment of the Ukrainian people. “He is postponing the inevitable in the hope that we’ll rescue him, but we are not coming. Biden has made that very clear.”

Putin made it clear that he wants a neutral state. This could have ended days ago if he had accepted that. Then they can adjust the borders. Putin is not seizing territory—they are destroying Ukraine military forces.”

Varney was shell-shocked. “But don’t you think Zelenskyy is a hero?” “No,” Macgregor shot back.

“He is a puppet. He’s putting huge numbers of people at risk. The news reports coming out of Ukraine are all debunked within 24-48 hours. There is nothing heroic about the man. The most heroic thing he could do right now is to come to terms with reality. Neutralize Ukraine. It would be good for us, good for Ukraine and good for Russia. It would create the buffer both sides want.”

Colonel Macgregor also argued that Russian forces have so far wrought much less damage upon Ukraine than the United States inflicted on Iraq during the military operations there in 1991 and in 2003.

As Russia continues its military operation in Ukraine enters its second week, Col. Douglas Macgregor (ret.), former senior adviser to the U.S. defense secretary, compared the tactics currently employed by Ukrainian forces with those used by extremists in the Middle East.

Speaking with Fox Business earlier this week, Macgregor pointed out that Ukrainian forces are “taking refuge in population centers, cities, because they have no mobility, no air defense, no air cover, no logistical infrastructure.

“They are now mingling with the population, much as we’ve seen in the Middle East whenever we drove the Islamists out of business—they ran into cities, used people as shields, the civilian population, and tried to avoid being annihilated,” he said. “And I think that’s essentially what’s happening today with the population being used by the Ukrainian forces to avoid destruction.”

When the host asked Macgregor whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would attempt to “flatten Ukraine,” Macgregor replied that Russian forces “worked hard” to keep the country intact. “Surprisingly little damage, frankly, Stuart,” he told the host. “Much less damage than we inflicted on Iraq when we went into it, either on 1991 and again in 2003.”

As Macgregor explained, in his opinion, the Russian troops in Ukraine are merely surrounding Ukrainian forces and are “annihilating them,” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy merely “postponing the inevitable in the hopes that we are going to rescue him, and we are not coming—President Biden has made it very clear.”

He also remarked that, while the end of the Russian military operation may well be in sight, the question is what the Ukrainian President is going to do. “The Russians have made it very clear: what they want is a neutral Ukraine. This could have ended days ago if he accepted that,” Macgregor said, apparently referring to Zelenskyy.

He also pointed out that, while the eastern part of Ukraine currently seems to be “firmly in Russian hands,” the Russian troops “are not seizing territory” but instead focus on destroying Ukrainian forces.

Macgregor also made a rather unflattering assessment of Zelenskyy himself, calling him a “puppet” who is “putting huge numbers of his own population at unnecessary risk.”

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