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Military Officials: Russian attack on Ukraine will be ‘short, sharp and extremely deadly’



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If Russia invades Ukraine, the initial battle is expected to be “short, sharp and extremely deadly,” stated senior and retired military officials that spoke with Moreover, those same officials believe any invasion will lead to a lingering Ukrainian-insurgency that will exacerbate and intensify a crisis for years to come, according to a top retired military commander who worked with NATO operations.

Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Wood spoke with Jerry Torres, a retired Special Forces military officer and currently an investigative documentary filmmaker working with SAC media. Wood contends Russian President Vladimir Putin is establishing his global presence by using extreme military maneuvers along the Belarus border with Ukraine which could trigger NATO ‘Article Five’ discussions between members.

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A local resident of the Ukrainian-controlled village of Stanytsia Luhanska, gestures as she cleans up debris from her home after the shelling by Russia-Backed separatists (Photo by ALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Further, Russia’s move to place 150,000 plus troops along the border with Ukraine is just the beginning of a new conflict bearing all the hallmarks of a new cold war between the west and a new Russo-Putin empire, Wood said.

“We have two NATO nations that are really along the Black Sea, and they too, are going to be threatened – Bulgaria and Turkey,” said Wood, referring to Russia’s threat on Ukraine, which declared its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.

With regard to Putin, Wood told Torres, “I think right now, there’s a lot of demonstration and staging going on, that signals to NATO and signals to the world that Putin is back on the stage.”

He said Putin uses the attention to build his reputation at home and in the public.

“It demonstrates his power in the region,” Wood said. “And I think it has actually added to his ability to attract China as we’ve seen lately, to become a closer ally.”

Wood warned as well, that “it’s not just the Ukraine problem.”


Wood added, “if there’s an offensive action against Ukraine, it will immediately threaten countries of NATO – it may not trigger Article Five, but it might, it might trigger a look at the Article Five provisions of the NATO compact that says an attack on one, is an attack on all.”

Wood told Torres “there’ll be a debate, it will be part of the discussion. And once again, that’s exactly what I think Putin wants to have. He wants to bring that to the top, force the discussion and play his hand. It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out.”

Wood warned that Ukraine’s second largest natural gas reserves, comparable to Norway in Europe, is also what Putin is eyeing. Wood said Putin “has enormous capacity to store gas and oil capabilities in Ukraine itself. It’s a prize in this world of energy and portance of energy. And for Russia in particular.”

He added, “Ukraine has these reserves and the storage capability that not only allow it to be a nation to stand on its own, but also to be a remarkable prize for Putin.”

Wood told Torres: “I think this conflict, if it starts, is going to be short, sharp and extremely deadly.”

“If you look at the nature of the systems, and the opposition of strengths and weaknesses to Ukraine forces, again I think it will be short, sharp and extremely bloody, but it’s not going to stop quickly,” he added. “I think there will be a counter-insurgency, or after the conventional stage – we’ll have guerilla war.”

A retired senior Military official familiar with the Eastern European region who spoke on condition of anonymity due to their work, stated that “while Russia has the capability of taking the major Ukrainian cities, an insurgency will form that will be highly effective in degrading Russian control and morale for years to come.”

“The Ukrainian people are tough. And having had a taste of freedom and Democracy, there is no doubt they, for the most part, do not want to return to Russian satellite nation,” the official added.

On Friday the Associated Press reported a humanitarian convoy was hit by shelling and ‘pro-Russian rebels’ were evacuating civilians from the area where conflict had escalated. There were also numerous news reports of a car bombing in Donetsk and other reports of shelling hitting an elementary school. There were no casualties as of yet, according to reports.

Moreover, the Kremlin has continued to flex its muscle with nuclear drills on the border, while U.S. and European leaders continue to search for diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.

Jerry Torres contributed to this story. 

You can follow Sara Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

You can follow Jerry Torres on Twitter @JerryW_Torres 


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  1. Julia

    February 18, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    good one

  2. julia

    February 18, 2022 at 8:26 pm


  3. Steven

    February 19, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    If things go against Putin, he will go nuclear.
    He absolutely can’t afford to lose.
    Once he goes nuclear, breaks the glass in an offensive war, there will be no stopping him.
    This is the NATO nightmare.
    This will result in widespread nuclear proliferation, because countries will realize it’s the situation of every country for itself, you can’t depend on some other country to come and save you.
    Ukraine regrets now that it gave up nuclear weapons, with territorial guarantee signers of Russia, UK and US on the Budapest Memorandum of Assurances of 1994.
    We’ve seen those guarantees weren’t even worth a cup of coffee in a cheap diner.
    In fact, the guarantee by Russia is the greatest irony, Russia gobbling up Ukraine’s territory while the US was involved in financial issues, and the UK is just trying to survive as an entity rather than breaking up through separatist movements.

  4. Dennodogg

    February 20, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Anything that has to do with the Biden-Putin-Xi Triumvirate is suspect. Biden is the weak, compromised, runt of the litter that will be slapped around by the other two. They will allow him to ” talk tough” and even criticize them because they both know that he will still have to give them whatever they ask for. They are playing this Ukraine game to the max as I hear these US “officials” lying and sounding like imbeciles. I sometimes fear that we won’t make it to the November elections due to the damages already caused by biden’s duplicity, and the potential for even worse things that he will inflict on us all over the next 9 months.

  5. H Paul Cohen

    February 20, 2022 at 9:41 am

    This would be a great time for Turkey to step up and act like a NATO ally. They have actual skin in the game (unlike the U.S.) and need to start working with the west in a cooperative rather than in an adversarial manner.

  6. TellTheTruth-2

    February 20, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Dear Senator Cotton … As I watched you on Maria Bartiromo, I wish you could have been more honest. First, Ukraine has been a SELF CREATED problem when Victoria, Fuck the EU, Nuland and George, Color Revolution, Soros OVERTHREW the pro Putin Ukraine Government and forced the Russian people in Crimea to join Russia, along with their warm water base at Sevastopol. Based on that, if President Putin (a Christian) takes Ukraine back to prevent NATO nuclear weapons from being deployed in Ukraine, it should be seen by Americans who KNOW HISTORY as a rejection of you (Bill Kristol) neoCON war mongers. Second, Covid-19 was/is a US created virus that Dr. Fauci and his evil friends FARMED OUT to the China Communist Party when President Obama BANNED “gain of function” research in the USA. Third, I did not see any pushback on Communism being employed in Canada because you and your neoCON warmongers want the same for the US. As the old saying goes, Senator Cotton, “Straighten Up and Fly Right”.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village



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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

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