Decorated retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor described the dire situation in Ukraine during a recent interview with Tucker Carlson. The colonel estimated the number of Ukrainian soldiers who have been killed in action at 400,000 and provided a sobering analysis of the long-hyped Ukrainian counteroffensive.
MacGregor — who served as a Department of Defense advisor to the president towards the end of the Trump Administration — has long predicted that the highly anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive would be a waste of lives and money. The colonel has repeatedly stated that the Russian Army is fighting a “defensive war” and was baiting Ukrainian forces into suicidal attacks.
This has seemingly proved true as the counteroffensive has failed despite massive influxes of weapons and vehicles from the U.S. and NATO allies. Delivered military assets include German Leopard II tanks, U.S. Bradleys MRAPs, and long-range missile systems. Despite this, the Ukrainian forces have suffered heavy casualties and have failed to make inroads into the heavily mined Russian controlled territory in the country’s east.
Mainstream media coverage of the grand counteroffensive has also declined significantly, which MacGregor noted.
“How would you assess and describe the situation in Ukraine right now?” Carlson asked. “That’s an important question, and not enough people have good answers at this point, Macgregor replied. “I think all of the lies that have been told for more than a year and a half about, ‘the Ukrainians are winning, the Ukrainian cause is just, the Russians are evil, the Russians are incompetent,’ all of that is collapsing,” he continued.
“And it’s collapsing because what’s happening on the battlefield is horrific. The Ukrainians now we think have lost 400,000 men killed in battle. We were talking about 300-350,000 a few months ago… within the last month of this supposed counteroffensive — which was to sweep the battlefield — they’ve lost at least 40,000 killed.
We don’t even know how many people have been wounded but we know that probably upwards of 40 to 50,000 soldiers are amputees. We know the hospitals are full.
And we know that Ukrainian units at the platoon and company level — that’s with anywhere from 50, to 150, to 200 men — are, in piece-meal fashion, surrendering to the Russians. Not because they don’t wanna fight, but because they can’t fight anymore. They have so many wounded that they can’t evacuate them.”
400,000 Dead Soldiers: Former Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor Describes the Dire State of the Ukraine War
• An estimated 400,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in battle — an increase from the previous estimate of 300,000-350,000.
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The full interview can be viewed here.