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Col. Douglas MacGregor on Ukraine: ‘We’re in the Final Phase of this War’

Former U.S. Army Colonel Douglas MacGregor believes the war in Ukraine has reached its “final phase.” MacGregor stated that tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops are surrounded in trenches dug around the Donbas region. Without food, ammunition or a means to retreat, he expects these pockets to collapse over the next few weeks.

Colonel Douglas MacGregor served in the U.S. Army from 1976 through 2004. He fought in the Gulf War, where his unit wiped out 73 Iraqi vehicles within the span of a half hour, all while taking zero casualties. He later published Breaking The Phalanx, which called for radical reforms in the U.S. military. MacGregor’s colleagues believed that his willingness to speak bluntly prevented him from moving up the chain.

Colonel MacGregor recently joined Chris Ball of One America News to discuss the current situation in Ukraine. “The alleged sitting Commander in Chief president is blaming all of our problems in this country on Vladimir Putin. Is he right or his he wrong?” Ball asked.

MacGregor stated that what is happening in Ukraine has very little impact on Americans beyond “making things worse than they already were”, which he believes the public is aware of. “The notion that Putin is somehow the author of our problems is a-lot of nonsense,” Colonel MacGregor stated.

He went on to say that the administration is hinging its rhetoric on irresponsible accusations of a genocide being carried out by the Russian army. “These are unsubstantiated allegations, there’s no real basis in fact. No one is checking [Biden’s] facts, no one in the media is looking at facts, they’re looking at hyperbole,” MacGregor continued. “They’re trying to whip up, mobilize anti-Russian sentiment. It’s a pleasant distraction from the standpoint of the media and the politicians from the disaster here at home, but not much more.”

Ball went on to mention an increase in accusations from Ukrainian President Zelensky, as well as NATO countries, that Russia would use nuclear weapons. The OAN host then asked the Colonel if cavalier accusations of genocide and the use of nuclear weapons could lead to a military conflict between NATO and Russia.

MacGregor pushed back on the “nonsensical” notion that Russia would deploy nuclear weapons. Only the use of nuclear weapons by NATO or a large invading army on Russian borders would prompt the Kremlin to use nukes, MacGregor asserted. He further pointed out that the fallout would likely affect Russia proper, as well as its allies, due to the prevailing winds in Europe blowing from East to West.

The Colonel also believes that the war is in its “final phase” and that remaining Ukrainian troops will be mopped up within weeks. “It’s only going to get worse because we’re in the final phase of this war,” MacGregor said of the war in Ukraine.

The Colonel said this about the situation on the ground:

“Right now there are between 40 and 60 thousand Ukrainian troops left in Eastern Ukraine. They’re in an area of about 150-200 square miles. They’re immobilized, they’re entrenched in defensive positions. They have no fuel, they have only enough ammunition to sustain themselves for a few more weeks.

They don’t have enough water, they have no medical evacuation capability, and they have a-lot of civilians, who are actually Russians, living in the area. They’re now surrounded. And the Russian army is going to move very carefully to avoid civilian casualties there, but they will annihilate these Ukranian troops.” 

Colonel MacGregor also shared his “fear” that Ukraine falling could push the Biden Administration to war in order to save face.

“My fear is that when it becomes abundantly clear that all of these discussions about the ‘collapsing Russian army’ and the ‘great victorious Ukrainians’ fall apart, that then people really will say well we’ve got to do something,” MacGregor said on the situation in Ukraine. “Or we in Washington who’ve made all these ridiculous claims will look ridiculous yet again. That worries me, and I think it’s a valid one.”

HUGE: Trump Calls on Putin to Release Info on Hunter Biden’s Dealings with Oligarchs

John Solomon
March 29th, 2022

Former President Donald Trump is calling on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to release any information he possesses on Hunter Biden’s dealings with oligarchs in Eastern Europe. 

In an interview with the Just the News television show on Real America’s Voice airing Tuesday, the former president cited a 2020 Senate report that disclosed Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, then the wife of Moscow’s mayor, provided $3.5 million a decade ago to a company co-founded by President Joe Biden’s son and unanswered questions about why the money was given.

“She gave him $3.5 million so now I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it,” Trump said in a wide-ranging interview at his Mar O Lago resort in Florida. “I think we should know that answer.”

A grand jury in Delaware has been investigating Hunter Bjden’s business dealings for possible tax violations, foreign lobbying issues and money laundering. Hunter Biden has acknowledge the probe but denied wrongdoing. 

Trump said he also would like to know more about Hunter Biden’s relationship with Ukrainian oligarch Nikolai Zlochevsky, the owner of the Burisma Holdings gas company that hired the Biden scion in 2014 to its board and paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. 

At the time, the State Department considered Burisma to be a corrupt company that made bribes to Ukrainian officials and viewed Hunter Biden’s relationship as having created the appearance of a conflict of interest because his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, oversaw U.S.-Ukraine policy. 

A memo obtained by Just the News in January of this year also revealed that senior State officials were warned that Hunter Biden’s dealing in the country had undercut U.S. anticorruption policies.

“Now, you won’t get the answer from Ukraine,” Trump lamented, referring to his 2020 impeachment over seeking Ukraine’s help investigating the Biden’s business dealing . 

Trump said he tried to raise the issue of Hunter Biden’s dealings with oligarchs during the 2020 election but was shut down by then-Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

“How is it that the mayor of Moscow, his wife gave the Biden family three and a half million dollars? I think Putin now would be willing to probably give that answer,” Trump said. “I’m sure he knows.”

While encouraging Putin to reveal any information he has on the Biden family business dealings, Trump also made clear he treated Putin more severely than Democrats by blocking his NordSteam 2 natural gas pipeline to Europe, imposing sanctions on Moscow, upgrading the U.S. nuclear arsenal and bulking up NATO’s sagging finances.

“I’m the best thing that ever happened to NATO, because I made them pay. So NATO has plenty of money now,” he said. “And by the way, that’s another, I’m the one who brought up Nord Stream 2 … . I’m the one that blocked it. I terminated it. They weren’t gonna have it. He (Biden) then opened it.

“And then they say, ‘He’s so nice to Russia.’ I’m the one that put the biggest sanctions on Russia,” he said. 

You can watch Trump’s comments on Hunter Biden in the player above.

To see the full interview in which Trump lays out his vision for America if he runs in 2024, tune in Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET to Real America’s Voice on Dish Network channel 219, Pluto network channel 140, or on the Roku, Samsung, Real America’s Voice or Just the News apps. 

Russia Says Will Reduce Military Activity in Parts of Ukraine

Sophie Mann
March 29, 2022

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Formin said Tuesday his country will “reduce military activity” in the Ukraine cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv in pursuit of an agreement to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement follows what Russians are calling a productive day of diplomatic talks in Istanbul, Turkey, with the invasion now roughly four-weeks old.

Russian state media quoted Formin saying: “Due to the fact that negotiations on the preparation of an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, as well as on the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine, are moving into practice, taking into account the principles discussed during today’s meeting, by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieving the ultimate goal of agreeing on the signing of the above agreement, a decision was made to radically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv direction.” 

Members of the Russian government told state media outlets that Ukraine offered proposals that will be “considered in the near future” and presented to leader Vladimir Putin in short order. 

For the past several days, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been requesting a meeting with Putin in hopes of expediting an end to the war.

Psaki Humiliates Biden With Her Excuse For His Latest Gaffe: Just Something He Saw on Television

Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal
Published March 18, 2022

White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave a rather disconcerting answer when asked why President Joe Biden had suddenly decided to call Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Congress on Wednesday via video, Biden announced new U.S. military assistance that would be going to the besieged nation.

Following his announcement, Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich asked Biden if Putin is a war criminal, given everything the president has seen. Zelenskyy’s presentation to Congress had included a powerful video highlighting the devastation of the war.

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Biden first responded, “No.”

He then continued making his way through the room, but soon thereafter returned to the journalist, asked for clarification and answered, “Oh, I think he is a war criminal.”

Later in the day, Psaki was asked during a news briefing what accounted for the change. The administration had previously said only that Putin was under investigation for potential war crimes.

Psaki replied that it was the news coverage Biden watched on TV that informed his answer.

“The president’s remarks speak for themselves,” she said. “He was speaking from his heart and speaking from what he’s seen on television, which is barbaric actions by a brutal dictator through his invasion of a foreign country.”

“There is a legal process that continues to … be underway at the State Department. That’s a process that they would have any updates on,” the press secretary said.

Later in the briefing, a reporter circled back to the issue, noting that Biden had declined to call Putin a war criminal during the first three weeks of the conflict.

“As you note, there is an ongoing … formal process before you can use this term. So something must have changed for the president to feel like he can take this additional step today. What? What else is he seeing?” she asked.

Psaki again referenced media coverage of the invasion.

“The president was answering a direct question that was asked and responding to what he has seen on television,” she said.

“We have all seen barbaric acts, horrific acts by a foreign dictator in a country that is threatening and taking the lives of civilians, impacting hospitals, women who are pregnant, journalists, others,” Psaki continued. “I think he was answering a direct question.”

Biden likely isn’t watching Fox News, so our foreign policy is being informed by what commentators on MSNBC and CNN are saying? God help us.

Doesn’t the commander in chief have a multibillion-dollar intelligence apparatus to provide him with the most accurate information available?

Conservative commentator Ed Morrissey offered an interesting theory as to why Psaki walked back Biden’s remarks about Putin, and it centers on Iran.

Moscow responded forcefully Wednesday to Biden’s war criminal characterization, calling it “unacceptable and unforgivable” rhetoric, the BBC reported.

Morrissey wrote that Psaki’s official “walk-back at the White House of it being just Biden’s personal view looks like a retreat in the face of Russian complaints. And that might be precisely what it is, because Biden’s still relying on Russia to accommodate Biden’s desperate ambition to re-enter the Iran [nuclear] deal.”

Russia is playing a central role in the talks currently underway in Vienna.

“Rather than recognize the insanity of that foreign policy, Biden and his White House have decided that it makes more sense to accommodate Putin and walk back the obvious,” Morrissey wrote.

We already went through all of this during the Obama administration, with the U.S. bending over backward to accommodate Russia and Iran. Both interpreted America’s conduct as weakness and pressed forward with their mal-behavior, including Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 and Iran’s ongoing support of terrorism.

You would think that Biden and his team — primarily made up of Obama alums like Psaki — would have learned their lesson, but apparently they have not.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Russia Sanctions President Biden, Hunter Biden, Hillary Clinton, Secretary Blinken & Top Defense Officials

 Moscow has hit back against Washington by sanctioning top US leadership, including President Joe Biden himself. The punitive retaliation measures extend to the chiefs of the Pentagon, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and CIA Director William Burns. Russian state media announced in a Tuesday statement:

“Russia on Tuesday sanctioned US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and ten other administration officials and political figures. Moscow has said that the sanctions are a reciprocal measure, imposed after Washington blacklisted top Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin.”

Despite the measures being largely symbolic – as it will be essentially impossible for Moscow to actually go after US officials’ assets unless they are held in Russia itself (and certainly no top American official is looking to travel to Russia anytime soon) – it signals that tensions with the West are ratcheting fast, with increasingly few off-ramps as the two sides chart a war-footing course. 

According to breaking details in Bloomberg:

  • Sanctions would block entry to Russia, freeze any assets there
  • “We aren’t refusing to maintain official ties if they correspond to our national interests,” ministry says, adding sanctions would not impede high-level contacts if needed

“The list of sanctioned individuals includes 13 people, including US President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, CIA Director William Burns and Son of US President Hunter Biden,” it’s being reported.

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Here is a snapshot of the latest market-moving news out of Ukraine from the last few hours, courtesy of Newsquawk:

Discussions/Negotiations

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky said negotiations with Russia will continue on Tuesday.
  • Ukrainian presidential adviser said Russia’s territorial claims are unacceptable and Ukraine is ready to continue negotiations on remaining issues, while the adviser added that a peace agreement could be signed within 1-2 weeks at the earliest and May at the latest, according to CCTV.
  • Ukrainian President’s office confirms that the Czech, Polish and Slovenian PMs are to visit Kyiv on Tuesday.
  • Russian Kremlin says that work is continuing between the Russian and Ukraine delegations, does not wish to predict the outcome of talks but it is a positive that talks are continuing.

Energy/Economic Updates

  • US State Department said the US added 11 members of Russia’s Defense Enterprise to the anti-Moscow sanctions list, according to Sputnik.
  • Japan imposed sanctions on an additional 17 Russians
  • Equinor (EQNR NO) is to stop trading in Russian oil and oil products, while it will not enter any new trades or engage in the transport of oil and oil products from Russia, but noted will receive for oil cargoes in March as part of pre-invasion commitments.
  • US Treasury official said Russian sovereign bond default would make it difficult for Russia to find future lenders, increase Moscow’s borrowing costs and drain resources, while the official sees limited exposure in the US financial system to Russian sovereign bonds and noted that falling prices of Russian sovereign bonds suggests investors see a high probability of a default and are preparing for alternative payment outcomes.
  • Yamal-Europe pipeline has suspended flows, via Reuters citing Gascade data; preliminary bids for eastward flows to Poland have emerged; subsequently, gas flows via the Yamal pipeline have reversed and flow eastwards to Poland from Germany, according to Gascade data.

Defence/Military

  • US President Biden said they will make sure Ukraine has weapons to defend against the invading Russian force, while they will send money and food and aid to save Ukrainian lives.
  • Ukrainian air force claimed that a Russian drone crossed into Poland before returning to Ukraine and was shot down by air defences.
  • UK Ministry of Defence said it hadn’t seen evidence to support Russian accusations of Ukraine intending to use chemical and biological weapons, while it added that Russia could be planning to use such weapons in a false-flag operation.
  • ELINT News reported loud explosions in downtown Kyiv, which could be missile strikes.
  • Russian forces have taken full control of Kherson, Ukraine, according to Sputnik citing the MoD.
  • Ukraine Presidential adviser says Russian forces are not trying to take Kyiv at the moment; additionally,
  •  Mykolayiv Governor says the situation in the region is calmer as Russia forces have been pushed back slightly from the regional capital.
  • Ukraine authorities have issued a country-wide air raid warning

Third Party

  • CNBC’s Kayla Tausche tweeted that NATO leaders are discussing holding an extraordinary meeting in Brussels late next week which US President Biden and other heads of state would attend, according to officials, but added it is not yet final.

Other

  • Majority of US GOP Senators vowed to not support a new nuclear deal with Iran, according to Sputnik.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says an agreement on the revival of the Iranian Nuclear deal is on the finishing straight. Meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister in Moscow
  • North Korea could conduct a nuclear test before or after the May 10th inauguration day for the incoming South Korean President, according to DongA.
  • Pakistan’s Foreign Minister rejects the statement from the Indian Defence Minister on the “mistaken missile launch”, stating that it is “incomplete”.

While the World Focuses on Ukraine, Globalists Like the World Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab Charge Ahead

Joe Hoft
February 23rd, 2022

The world is reporting on Russia’s Putin who just ‘took over’ Ukraine after signing agreements with two Ukrainian republics who called for their independence from Ukraine.  But the real threat from globalists is being virtually ignored.  

The media and the world are focused on Russia’s ‘evil’ Vladimir Putin who just signed an agreement with two independent republics in Ukraine.  This came after Biden and Kamala Harris warned for weeks about Russia invading Ukraine.

But while the world focuses on Ukraine and Russia, there is a more formidable force that few are really speaking of – the New World Order.  Yesterday former US Rep. and current the Dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University spoke about this.  She summarized her thoughts on Ukraine by suggesting that maybe this is just a distraction, keeping our focus on Putin rather than the global elites who are stripping away our civil liberties.

The World Economic Forum is one entity that many associate with globalism and the New World Order.  After the recent protests in Canada and the harsh crackdown on those who protested, Canada is looked at in a new light.  Prime Minister Trudeau is considered the Castro of Canada for his actions.  While he claimed in Parliament that the people wanted to be free in the town of Ottawa, the truckers were protesting for their freedom from Trudeau’s harsh mandates related to COVID.  Trudeau’s comments on freedom were shocking after all he has done to the people in that country.

But maybe this is no surprise.  Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum bragged about Trudeau and others in the Canadian Cabinet who have been groomed for globalism.  In a video that is being taken down from some social platforms, Schwab shared on this topic.

Trudeau’s Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland is in Trudeau’s Cabinet.   She also supportive of Trudeau’s actions to remove civil liberties from the people of Canada.  As we reported, her grandfather was a high-level Nazi in World War II and she is a fan of George Soros.  She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Board of Trustees.

We have shared numerous warnings from individuals like Italy’s Archbishop Vigano who has shared:

DEAR AMERICAN PEOPLE, DEAR FRIENDS, for two years now, a global coup has been carried out all over the world, planned for some time by an elite group of conspirators enslaved to the interests of international high finance. This coup was made possible by an emergency pandemic that is based on the premise of a virus that has a mortality rate almost analogous to that of any other seasonal flu virus, on the delegitimization and prohibition of effective treatments, and on the distribution of an experimental gene serum which is obviously ineffective, and which also clearly carries with it the danger of serious and even lethal side effects. We all know how much the mainstream media has contributed to supporting the insane pandemic narrative, the interests that are at stake, and the goals of these groups of power: reducing the world population, making those who survive chronically ill, and imposing forms of control that violate the fundamental rights and natural liberties of citizens. And yet, two years after this grotesque farce started, which has claimed more victims than a war and destroyed the social fabric, national economies, and the very foundations of the rule of law, nothing has changed in the policies of Nations and their response to the so-called pandemic.

Individuals like Michele Bachmann and Archbishop Vigano are right.  We must stand together for freedoms and life.  We are the majority. 

Nobody Cares: Olympics Opening Ceremony Hits The Trees, Dies

Putin snoozing, ratings cratering, and a token Uyghur to insult the intelligence of anyone still watching with at least two brain cells – this year’s 2022 Winter Olympics is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

Viewership for Friday’s Opening Ceremony was a dismal 16 million, as NBC faces what Yahoo!sports‘ Dan Wetzel called a “cataclysmic loss” of audience – a record low exceeding the previous record of 20.1 million viewers for 1988’s Calgary games. It was 43% below the 2018 games’ opening ceremony in South Korea which had 28.3 million viewers.

It comes on the heels of Thursday’s ratings disaster that saw just 7.7 million people tune in, dramatically below same-night audiences of 2018 (16 million) and 2014 from Russia (20.02 million).

NBC said the 16 million is a “total audience delivery” and includes all of its networks and streaming. The television-only average audience was below 14 million for the day, per the preliminary data released by the network. -Yahoo!

As Deadline noted, just “8.7 million tuned in on NBC in primetime [to] see the pre-taped Mike Tirico and Savannah Guthrie-led coverage of the propaganda-heavy spectacle put on by Chinese President Xi Jinping and filmmaker Zhang Yimou.”

The Opening Ceremony was so boring that Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to ‘rest his eyes’ during the Ukrainian team’s entrance.

As Yahoo notes, however, ratings do tend to increase over the first week. That said, several countries are currently staging a “diplomatic boycott” of the Games over China’s treatment of Uyghurs, an ethnic minority group of Muslims who live in the northwest of the country.

While denying any abuse, China continues to deny the United Nations from sending human rights officials to observe the region.

Anti-Covid measures are also putting a damper on enthusiasm, making life inside its “closed loop” a ‘near joyless experience for the athletes,’ according to the report.

It didn’t help that China used cross country skier Dinigeer Yilamujiang – who China’s state run media claimed has Uyghur heritage – was paraded out as one of the cauldron lighters during the Opening Ceremony, drawing sharp rebuke.

It was a disturbing and dispiriting moment, a young athlete and an iconic moment in every Olympics used as a propaganda prop to cover up a campaign of slavery, torture, forced abortions and internment in reeducation camps. It did nothing to build good feelings toward the competition.

As such, rather than a celebration, this feels, and looks, like a grind of hardship, isolation and suspicion. -Yahoo!

The hashtag #GenocideGames began trending in recent days.

UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said it was a stunt designed “by the Chinese to distract us from the real issue here… that Uyghurs are being tortured, and Uyghurs are the victims of human rights violations.”

Adding to China’s woes, US-born figure skater Zhu Yi, competing for china, fell hard during her first combination attempt on Saturday, and later stumbled on a triple loop attempt – resulting in the hashtag #ZhuYiFellOver, which had over 230 million views by Sunday afternoon before it was taken down by Chinese social media website, Weibo. 

According to the report, China’s restrictions on the event has turned into a nightmare for NBC – which is paying $7.75 billion to the OIC to broadcast the Olympics through 2032.

NBC is doing almost all it can but its reporters and crews are stuck in the “closed loop.” That eliminates live shots with mountains or historic buildings as backdrops as well as stories about the culture, architecture and people of China that can make the Olympics about more than just sport.

Host Mike Tirico broadcast from a set designed like a mountain chalet, but that could have been in Breckenridge, not Beijing. And Tirico, the face of the broadcast, will be leaving in the coming days to anchor NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl, which due to the lengthening of the NFL season has spilled into the Olympic calendar and further siphoned off interest and outside media coverage.

Meanwhile, most of NBC’s play-by-play broadcasters are calling the Games remotely from studios in Connecticut rather than risk China’s COVID policies. Yahoo!

As Just the News notes, a recent Morning Consult poll of 2,000 American adults found that 65% have a lack of interest in the events, 57% said they have no interest in athletes, and 40% said it was because China was hosting.