‘Cold War Two’: Retired Lieutenant General on Russian Invasion

(NewsNation Now) – A retired US lieutenant general says Ukrainian forces are “no match” for the Russian military after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on state television that he had authorized military operations in Ukraine.

“I think there will be casualties, significant losses certainly on the Ukrainian side, but also on the Russian side.” retired Lt. Gen. Richard Newton said on “NewsNation Prime” on Wednesday.

In a televised address, Putin said the action was in response to threats from Ukraine.

“It is absolutely no coincidence that the UN Security Council is meeting in emergency session at this very moment when Putin would also announce to the Russian people that he is in position,” Newton said.

Newton said the worst-case scenario would involve Putin attacking from the three sides he has surrounded and simultaneously carrying out a cyberattack.

After that, Newton would expect an extensive air attack followed by ballistic missiles and rockets.

Another worst-case scenario would involve moving Russian troops from Belarus to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

“That means the Russian forces are in an attack position,” Newton said. “These forces in Belarus are very, very sharp and on edge right now, having completed a 10-11 day exercise, which puts them in perfect position with momentum to come down to Kyiv.”

In daylight, Newton would expect to see paratroopers “falling into key nodes” and special operations forces.

“These will be the forces that will be responsible for taking certain key citizens in Ukraine, in government and also in the civilian sector and they are on the casualty list and/or on the concentration camp list,” Newton said. “It’s a…very bad picture I’m painting here. But unfortunately, hope is not a strategy here.

Putin said it was not Russia’s goal to occupy Ukraine. He also said that the responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the Ukrainian “regime”.

“It’s one thing to invade Ukraine; it’s another thing to hold ground because Ukrainians are some of the toughest people in the world,” Newton said.

Even so, Newton does not believe that the Ukrainian forces are compatible.

“Putin holds all the cards,” Newton said.

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