What did US Military Col. Douglas Macgregor reveal about the war in Ukraine

US Military Colonel Douglas Abbott Macgregor had the opportunity to give yesterday an interview about the situation in Ukraine.

Macgregor was educated at the Wm. Penn Charter School in Philadelphia and at the Virginia Military Institute, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a BS in general engineering in 1976.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia[2] in international relations in 1987.

Macgregor was the “squadron operations officer who essentially directed the Battle of 73 Easting” during the Gulf War.

Macgregor was the top planner for General Wesley Clark, the military commander of NATO, for the attack on Yugoslavia.

His experience and knowledge make him the top influential and experienced military consultant, globally.

The interview

Aaron Mate of the Grayzone asks Col Douglas Macgregor his take on the dominate narrative in the US that militarily this is a disaster for Russia.

Colonel Macgregor believes that in the West there is no true and there is only wishful thinking.

Max Blumenthal follows up with a question on the military situation.

Col Macgregor take is the entire Russian Operation is focused on the Military Destruction of the Ukrainian Army.

The Russian Army is largely successful in this goal, but it is going slow, because of the Russian intent to maintain critical infrastructure.

The Azov Battalion’s operations Mariupol also comes up as point of discussion as one of the dynamics of the conflict.

Major points 

Colonel interview major points are the following

1. Still active Ukrainian units are cut off and surrounded in various settlements. They are capable of only small attacks on insignificant objects. The outcome of the war is predetermined.

2. For the Russian army, the main problem was initially the requirement to advance without great destruction and civilian casualties. This creates the illusion of slow progress, which the West uses to convince the whole world that Russia is losing.

3. The war can be ended quickly by scoring destruction and casualties, but Putin categorically does not need this. 70% of Russian citizens support their president – that’s a lot.

4. In the south-east of Ukraine, 16 thousand soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are surrounded. This has been going on for several days, and it is not known how much they have left. But Russia is not interested in their destruction – it is better that they surrender.

5. The task of the Russian army is to take control of all important objects. Keeping The territory of Ukraine is not Russia’s objective – only the destruction of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The goal is almost reached, without taking into account the troops in the environment.

6.Mariupol is a big problem: there are a lot of Nazis from Azov, which is fraught with great destruction. McGregor says he doesn’t know what the Russian high command has in mind for Mariupol.

7. In the United States, they are smearing Putin with the universal rhetoric of “evil”, and all the info about the events going on since 2014, about the 14 thousand dead during the conflict in Donbass, is hushed up. But McGregor is confident that the truth will come out anyway.

8.The biggest lie on American TV is about the order of the Russian Army to kill Ukrainian civilians. Mistakes happen, but intentional killings are out of the question.


Here is the video from the interview


US Military Colonel Douglas Abbott Macgregor is the author, inter alia,  of the following books

  • Breaking the Phalanx: A New Design for Landpower in the 21st Century, Westport (CT): Praeger, 1997, ISBN 0275957934 OCLC 35172666.[7]
  • Transformation Under Fire: Revolutionizing How America Fights, Westport (CT): Praeger, 2003, ISBN 0275981924 OCLC 52728785.
  • Warrior’s Rage: The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting, Annapolis (MD): Naval Institute Press, 2009, ISBN 9781591145059 OCLC 313658347.
  • Margin of Victory: Five Battles that Changed the Face of Modern War, Annapolis (MD): Naval Institute Press, 2016, ISBN 1612519962.