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Ex-US spy: The decision of the President of the Russian Federation to conduct a special operation in Ukraine was an unpredictable event for the West

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Ex-US spy: The decision of the President of the Russian Federation to conduct a special operation in Ukraine was an unpredictable event for the West

Former American intelligence officer Scott Ritter, known for his straightforward and objective comments on events taking place in Ukraine, in the United States and in the world, gave an interview to the Chinese edition of the Global Times. In it, he expressed the opinion that the Western countries did not believe until the very end that Russia would launch a military operation in Ukraine.


Although such scenarios were analyzed in NATO and the United States in late 2021 and early 2022, they were sure that the Russian president would not dare to take such a step, fearing catastrophic consequences for his country and the existing political regime. And when Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of the NWO in Ukraine at the end of February last year, it became an unpredictable event for the West and destroyed all the plans of the politicians and military leaders there, Ritter is sure.

That is why, the ex-intelligence officer believes, at that time the main emphasis in the preventive deterrence of Russia from sending troops to Ukraine in the West was made in the form of threats to impose large-scale economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.

Another sign that the West did not take Russia seriously was the absolute inability of the West to do anything to find a diplomatic solution to this problem.

- Ritter argued his opinion.

Therefore, the countries of the West did not make real efforts to put pressure on Ukraine in order to get Kyiv to comply with the Minsk agreements. Moscow's long-suffering in this matter was perceived in the United States and some European capitals as weakness and unwillingness to aggravate the situation, especially by military means.

Similarly, the West did not take seriously the demands of the Russian leadership to abandon the expansion of NATO to the east and, moreover, the admission of Ukraine into the alliance. Moreover, the desire for diplomacy on the part of Moscow in solving the problems of Donbass was deliberately used by the West to inflate Ukraine weaponspreparing it for the forceful return of the former Ukrainian territories.

But Russia thwarted their plans, while the West did not believe that Russia would decide on a military operation. This is an event that no one really expected. And when it did it shook the whole world

Ritter says.

The ex-intelligence officer is confident that now the US and NATO will not be able to behave like international "hooligans" that no one dares to resist. Russia has proved that any patience can reach its limit, and then even a superpower, together with the largest military alliance, can receive a worthy rebuff.

No one thought that Russia could hold out for so long

Ritter added, emphasizing that the confrontation with the West did not destroy the Russian economy and at the same time rallied the Russian people.
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    1. Vyacheslav57
      Vyacheslav57 5 January 2023 18: 56
      +9
      Former American intelligence officer Scott Ritter, known for his straightforward and objective comments on events taking place in Ukraine, in the United States and in the world, gave an interview to the Chinese edition of the Global Times.

      The more people like Ritter travel around the world and tell the truth, the harder it will be to lie to the Western world about Russian aggression.
      Moreover, the desire for diplomacy on the part of Moscow in solving the problems of Donbass was deliberately used by the West to pump weapons into Ukraine, preparing it for the return of the former Ukrainian territories by force.

      Another argument is that if Russia had not started the operation on February 24, 2021, they would have already had to fight in the Crimea and the Donbass would have been cleared of the Russians.
      1. mitroha
        mitroha 5 January 2023 19: 29
        +7
        He lies as he breathes, but they themselves whined that we would attack right now, and in February-March in particular.
        They don't have their own personalities. Everyone dances, to one degree or another, to the same tune.
        1. Beetle1991
          Beetle1991 6 January 2023 01: 30
          +5
          Biden, a week before the operation, publicly stated that the Russian Federation was about to invade Ukraine and that Kyiv would be taken.
          This they publicly stated about a week before the start of their.
          And when exactly they found out and began to prepare is not known. But yes, get ready.
          Here is a video uploaded February 19 on YouTube.

          Former American intelligence officer Scott Ritter, known for his straightforward and objective comments on events taking place in Ukraine, in the United States and in the world, gave an interview to the Chinese edition of the Global Times. In it, he expressed the opinion that the Western countries did not believe until the very end that Russia would launch a military operation in Ukraine.
          very objective guy. They did not believe, but they knew when, and they prepared well.
  2. incoggnoto
    incoggnoto 5 January 2023 18: 32
    +10
    right now it makes no sense to talk about it, right now you need to talk about how to bring victory closer .. I don’t believe in fairy tales about negotiations ..
  3. Leshak
    Leshak 5 January 2023 18: 33
    +7
    There are many unpredictable events in this operation for all parties.
    1. dmi.pris1
      dmi.pris1 5 January 2023 18: 52
      0
      Here is one of them, just now.. A truce for Christmas......
      1. mikh-korsakov
        mikh-korsakov 5 January 2023 19: 11
        +2
        Truce at Christmas. Another goodwill gesture? Ah, it's not difficult to deceive me, I myself am glad to be deceived. I want to ask: let's say you liked masochism in your old age, then our soldiers will go to church, and they will be highmarks in the church together with the priest, what then? Again you will tell everyone, oh, I believed him so much, but he is a scoundrel ...
        1. dmi.pris1
          dmi.pris1 5 January 2023 19: 31
          +3
          I hope that ours will not carry out all this. Any shot must be answered. It’s all not clear. Erdogan talked on the phone, the patriarch suggested ...
          1. Nyrobsky
            Nyrobsky 5 January 2023 20: 36
            +3
            Quote from: dmi.pris1
            I hope that ours will not carry out all this. Any shot must be answered. It’s all not clear. Erdogan talked on the phone, the patriarch suggested ...

            I'm in shock. But I hope that for the declared 36 hours of a truce, for the opening return fire the ban will not apply.
            On the other hand, now in Europe there are a lot of people who want to become mediators and peacekeepers, including Turkey, who almost unanimously begin to sing about the need for negotiations between Ukraine and Russia in order to transfer the conflict from a military to a political channel. However, if the banderlogs reject this 36-hour truce proposed by Russia, then Russia, with a clear conscience, can send all these intermediaries to the vegetable, since Ukraine will demonstrate its inability to negotiate, and then press the NWO to complete its intended goals. I don’t see any other, logical explanation for this truce.
            I strongly doubt that at a time when Orthodox churches in Ukraine are being destroyed and their parishioners are being persecuted, Banderlogs will observe something under the motivation of "Christmas celebrations."
            1. Jelezyakov
              Jelezyakov 6 January 2023 03: 11
              +1
              Instructions, but not orders. If I understood correctly.
          2. gsev
            gsev 5 January 2023 23: 47
            -1
            Quote from: dmi.pris1
            All this is not clear. Erdogan talked on the phone, the patriarch suggested, ... Putin pointed out

            Erdogan played along on the side of Ukraine, hopes to earn the praise of the West and raise his prestige? But why Putin decided to expose himself as a stupid person is not clear!
          3. Dingo
            Dingo 7 January 2023 15: 03
            0
            [quote] [the patriarch suggested ... Putin pointed out / quote]
            Pop Gapon was like that in Russia ... How did it end - you know ...
        2. storm
          storm 5 January 2023 21: 47
          -1
          Quote: mikh-korsakov
          oh, I believed him so much, but he is a scoundrel ...


          Then Zelya again violated his plans and sent everyone away with their truces ...
      2. Yura
        Yura 5 January 2023 19: 13
        +3
        Quote from: dmi.pris1
        Here is one of them, just now.. A truce for Christmas......

        Has it been announced? I saw only the call or appeal of Patriarch Kirill and nothing about what our or Ukrainian authorities have said on this subject.
        1. dmi.pris1
          dmi.pris1 5 January 2023 19: 21
          0
          Read Yandex news. Displayed with the "urgent" icon.
          1. Diana Ilyina
            Diana Ilyina 5 January 2023 19: 54
            0
            And what is Yandex News, a branch of the Russian newspaper? Maybe there are the signatures of Putin and Shoigu.
            Honestly, there is no worse than useful idiots who, having received a fake from the enemy, rush to quickly spread it further, catching up with panic and hysteria. In the Second World War they were shot, if anything!
            1. Bumblebee
              Bumblebee 5 January 2023 20: 25
              +1
              In the Russian newspaper has already been published on the site)) again CIPSO?))
              1. dmi.pris1
                dmi.pris1 5 January 2023 20: 30
                -1
                These turbocharged uryakalki began to look at least stupid. Especially now
              2. Zug
                Zug 6 January 2023 17: 56
                -1
                Yes, there are a lot of shots here that are ready to hang a label on others. Get out, and a firing squad was formed. In the morning, he will cook cabbage soup, take a leather pistol in his hands and start shooting)))
            2. dmi.pris1
              dmi.pris1 5 January 2023 20: 29
              0
              Are you that naive or do you live in a different reality?
            3. Zug
              Zug 6 January 2023 17: 55
              -1
              Would you like a pistol? If anything? The firing squad is direct. Yandex is far from the latest edition, and it can pay for the distribution of false ones. Shooting from a leather pistol right there)))
      3. Rustic
        Rustic 5 January 2023 21: 29
        0
        Here is one of them, just now.. A truce for Christmas......
        This is not a Christmas truce. This is a Christmas massacre arranged by the Nazis and their accomplices in the Kremlin.
  4. opuonmed
    opuonmed 5 January 2023 18: 33
    +2
    here they are lying in black and white, so let them not lie, they are going according to plan (there is one nuance Ukraine from Donbass did not join NATO and did not go to Crimea! which means we went according to plan B, we already see support for Ukrainian equipment
    1. Alex20042004
      Alex20042004 5 January 2023 18: 56
      +4
      This video is from what year, colleague - ???
  5. spirit
    spirit 5 January 2023 18: 34
    +7
    Well, yes, of course) So they didn’t believe that since the age of 14 Ukrainians were burrowing into the ground like moles, what did they think the DPR and LPR would go to Kyiv?
    1. zloybond
      zloybond 5 January 2023 19: 00
      +5
      Don't feed the trolls. It’s just an encouraging article, they say you are great, work-la-la .... In fact, the article sucked from the finger about nothing. Both sides prepared hard. BUT we were always touched by tank ballets. And these rigidly took the formation of Soviet power in the republics after the revolution as a model and textbook. This is a scenario already worked out: harsh terror, the destruction of those who disagree, the destruction of everything that generalizes and unites with the old world, the suppression of any dissent, ... all according to a revolutionary pattern. Only we need to remember that there were also mistakes and use it. Look how they attacked the church, the people in the trenches they also have baptized people and now they also think. So here it is necessary not to be led by kind words, but to act inappropriately tough and cruel in relation to the Nazis and Western assistants. Gentlemanship is not the case with confronting a united enemy.
  6. Vladimir M
    Vladimir M 5 January 2023 18: 35
    +15
    This scout is talking nonsense. They all knew and were ready for February 24th. And they were waiting for us near Kyiv, Chernigov ...
    1. fruc
      fruc 5 January 2023 18: 40
      +8
      Vladimir M .... And they were waiting for us near Kyiv, Chernigov ...

      And so it was. Preparations for the war have been going on since 2014 (more precisely, since 1992-93 in theory), let's recall the urgent evacuation of diplomatic missions from Kuev a month before the war.
    2. dmi.pris1
      dmi.pris1 5 January 2023 18: 41
      +3
      Remember a year ago, how they thought they showed a photo of the location. Everyone knew
  7. cniza
    cniza 5 January 2023 18: 37
    +12
    No one thought that Russia could hold out for so long


    Wow, many more surprises await you...
  8. StarWarrior
    StarWarrior 5 January 2023 18: 39
    +8
    Undeniably an unpredictable event.
    After all, the CIA, the State Department and the US Pentagon have been working in Ukraine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the past 30 years in order for this event to finally happen.
    1. Zug
      Zug 6 January 2023 18: 00
      -1
      They have been preparing for this for 30 years, the generation of downs has grown into billions. This is the natural ending of the ballet, its last acts, so to speak
  9. AlexWar
    AlexWar 5 January 2023 18: 39
    +7
    I think that it was not in vain that they started, Russia received documents of the attack on the Crimea as well. The issue had to be resolved. Putin is the man who strikes first. He can also use nuclear weapons, I think so.
    1. Vladimir M
      Vladimir M 5 January 2023 18: 46
      -2
      Who are nuclear weapons against? Against Ukraine? Then it can also be used against Red Square - the effect will be the same. There are no targets for nuclear weapons in Ukraine, there are in Britain and the USA. The next unilateral "good will gestures" are starting again - a ceasefire on Christmas Day. But the Ukrainians vlupyat, the only question is where.
      1. old
        old 5 January 2023 19: 00
        0
        There are no targets for nuclear weapons in Ukraine

        Not for strategic. For tactical yes. For example, they can completely destroy a large formation ready for an offensive, and if this is an offensive against the Crimea, then we not only can, but we are obliged to use it.
        1. Vladimir M
          Vladimir M 5 January 2023 19: 18
          +1
          But think, no. And so many countries turn away from us, after all these "gestures of good will", and after the use of even tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Russia will become an outcast for the whole world. And yet, there are no large connections there.
          1. tatra
            tatra 5 January 2023 20: 10
            -2
            To all the arguments of sane people that all this will be worse for Russia and the Russian people, all these 10 months, whether "cheers-patriots" or paid trolls of the Kremlin, they answer in the style - yes, I don't care.
          2. old
            old 6 January 2023 09: 54
            0
            after the use of even tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Russia will become a pariah for the whole world

            The United States did not, but became best friends with Japan.
            there are no major connections

            Before the loss of Kherson, we also thought so in the General Staff.
            But think, no.

            I tried it when I was young - not mine.
      2. gsev
        gsev 5 January 2023 23: 52
        +1
        Quote: Vladimir M
        Who are nuclear weapons against? Against Ukraine? Then it can also be used against Red Square - the effect will be the same.

        If we cannot defend Crimea and Donbass without nuclear weapons, then we need to hit Ukraine with 50 or 100 nuclear warheads. We will defend the resources of the Crimea, in 10 years we will restore the lost warheads. We will lose the war in Ukraine, waiting for the loss of the Kuril Islands and then Kamchatka and Yakutia.
  10. AlexWar
    AlexWar 5 January 2023 18: 40
    +6
    Ukraine has long been integrated into NATO. How it turns out, here the hackers showed the program of the NATO alliance, which indicates the location of the troops of Ukraine, where and who is standing. It's already a centralized system. And now the war is going on with NATO and not with Ukraine.
    The United States controls the war in Ukraine, they also supply weapons.
    1. Herman 4223
      Herman 4223 5 January 2023 20: 06
      +2
      The more NATO gets involved in the conflict, the worse for them. It will be easier for us to enter the nuclear agenda, and this is a threat to them. The threat for them is an opportunity for real negotiations and disarmament of Ukraine.
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  12. Xenofont
    Xenofont 5 January 2023 18: 45
    +4
    And for me, Putin's unilateral truce, just proclaimed to please "friend Rejep", turned out to be unpredictable. The beauty! Smile and wave, wave!
    1. nikolas 83
      nikolas 83 5 January 2023 19: 02
      -2
      This is a betrayal, treason is a truce. We are waiting for terrorist attacks and the Nazis may attack 6-7. There are no words, only mats.
      1. filibuster
        filibuster 5 January 2023 19: 20
        -3
        It was a betrayal, a betrayal, in principle, to start an NWO, having understood their mistake in the Kremlin, they have been looking for an opportunity to jump out since April.
      2. Rustic
        Rustic 5 January 2023 21: 38
        -1
        This is a betrayal, treason is a truce. We are waiting for terrorist attacks and the Nazis may attack 6-7. There are no words, only mats.
        On the other hand, everyone has long ago given a shit about all these Putin's decrees. Why would it be different this time around? Well, he issued a decree and issued it, why would someone suddenly rush to carry out this particular decree?
  13. forty-eighth
    forty-eighth 5 January 2023 18: 45
    +8
    Former American intelligence officer Scott Ritter seems to have begun to forget that the West began to vote openly about the special operation already six months before it began.
    And he began to take out diplomats and block the sky for civilian courts a week before, that is, when the final decision had obviously already been made.
    There is no surprise in these actions.
    1. Vladimir M
      Vladimir M 5 January 2023 18: 53
      +2
      And here are questions for our helmsmen, why was Crimea a complete surprise for the West, but here the West knew about our plans and was ready?
    2. Oleg Barchev
      Oleg Barchev 6 January 2023 00: 11
      +1
      The surprise is that the operation is still going on and there is no end in sight. Western "curators" intended to arrange another Afghanistan for us, when we occupy the territory, and the population is set up aggressively against it, and a long "guerrilla war" begins, fueled by the West. But it turned out that the troops control territories with a population loyal to Russia, on the remaining territory of Ukraine, the industry has stopped, there is no work, there are no revenues to the budgets of all levels, problems with energy. Now the problems of 20-22 million Ukrainians have fallen on the shoulders of the United States, plus about 8-10 million citizens have fled to European countries and are in refugee status supported by the governments of these states.
  14. SamuraiRF
    SamuraiRF 5 January 2023 18: 48
    0
    It is necessary to fully mobilize Russia and friendly countries for the production of kamikaze drones, by the millions, it is necessary to save the soldiers of Russia!
  15. SamuraiRF
    SamuraiRF 5 January 2023 18: 51
    -2
    Miami will soon catch fire from millions of Chinese drones from Cuba and the states will not have time for Ukraine. The strange land of Siberia conquered armies go there, but there is no resettlement, why are clubfoot hamsters people there?
    1. 1razvgod
      1razvgod 5 January 2023 18: 56
      +2
      Haloperidol? Overdose is such a thing you have to be careful... Miami is coming soon... Skabeevs and Solovyovs in action, okay, those grandmothers pay and what do they give ordinary people for stupidity?!?
  16. Bingo
    Bingo 5 January 2023 18: 53
    +2
    In general, mattresses have been famously successful lately ... That Georgia is in the 08th ... Crimea, Syria ... The Middle East completely lost by them ...
    "Jamesbonds" started playing, the star was caught ... The main thing for us is not to go through their rake - a half-dead jackal is still dangerous
  17. Fangaro
    Fangaro 5 January 2023 18: 57
    +2
    Here are the butts!
    They calculated everything, but were they sure that it was weak and would not fly into the teeth?
    Adversaries!
    Now neither they nor we understand what to do so that everyone on Earth is not burned, measuring their horns.
  18. Sebostyuan
    Sebostyuan 5 January 2023 19: 00
    +2
    Surprises are enough.
    From 6 to 7 they came up with a truce.
    I look forward to our offensive, upon its completion. Otherwise, all these "acts of nobility" will play a cruel joke on their authors.

    PS. Popular love and support is another false report, as well as the combat capability of our army before the start of the NMD.
    Please take this into account when making decisions.
  19. Gardamir
    Gardamir 5 January 2023 19: 05
    -1
    "Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to introduce a ceasefire in Ukraine from 12:00 on January 6 to 24:00 on January 7, according to the Kremlin website"
    And you believe believe the Kremlin.
    1. StarWarrior
      StarWarrior 5 January 2023 19: 10
      -2
      It is necessary to organize a battalion "Union of Atheists" - so that opium for the people does not interfere with winning!
  20. BorzRio
    BorzRio 5 January 2023 19: 11
    +6
    That is why throughout the second half of 2021 and the entire beginning of 2022, Washington and the entire West vied with each other to warn about Russia's invasion of Ukraine?! Even approximate dates were given for the start of the war. While the US military was heavily deployed to Europe. The same Hymers were thrown into Romania for exercises, practicing strikes against the Donbass. Scouts in the air circled in swarms at our borders. The logistics of transferring equipment to Ukraine were worked out. And in response, our diplomats and ministers puffed out their cheeks and accused the United States of lying, swore that no invasion was planned. Does this American character remember this? Brad carries. Most of all, Russian citizens were shocked, who just didn’t expect all this, believed the president.
  21. Jsem_CZEKO68
    Jsem_CZEKO68 5 January 2023 19: 21
    +1
    Ritter se trochu mýlí.. Ruska aby začalo válku, nešlo čekat a nechat Rusky mluvící občany na Ukrajině bez pomoci.
    1. Jsem_CZEKO68
      Jsem_CZEKO68 5 January 2023 19: 22
      +3
      Ritter is slightly wrong... Russia didn't want war at any cost and kept the door open for some kind of deal. But when it was realized that there were no efforts to reach an agreement, and vice versa, Russia's provocations in order to unleash a war intensified, it was impossible to wait and leave Russian-speaking citizens in Ukraine without help.
  22. Bogalex
    Bogalex 5 January 2023 19: 26
    +7
    Who is the article for? On people with a memory like an aquarium fish?
    On the eve of the NMD, the entire Internet was filled with forecasts by Western "analysts" about an "armed invasion." The schemes were even given with arrows, some of which, by the way, turned out to be very plausible.
    The West did not believe in the possibility of decisive action on the part of Russia and therefore did not put pressure on Ukraine "in order to get Kyiv to implement the Minsk agreements"? You are kidding, right? Yes, they were not going to do it! The conditional West, in the face of its arms companies, simply DREAMED of a clash between our countries and is now rubbing its hands, looking at the budgets for the 2023 financial year! Chaos and destruction - that's what capital needs! And, alas, they succeeded.
    1. Jsem_CZEKO68
      Jsem_CZEKO68 6 January 2023 01: 10
      +1
      Souhlasim! Agresorem je USA, která chce z války těžit.
  23. Maks1995
    Maks1995 5 January 2023 19: 34
    +2
    Clear noodles, IMHO.
    Or an attempt to rewrite history.
    As soon as they began to weld umbrellas onto tanks, everything became clear to their military.

    Biden quite accurately named the date (from the 2nd attempt), Zhirik too.
    only the citizens of Russia still believed - Putin said that he would not, maybe he would not ...
    And it turned out "as always", IMHO
  24. Timur_kz
    Timur_kz 5 January 2023 19: 59
    -1
    First of all, the SVO was unexpected for the military-industrial complex, the economy, officials and most of the population. And for the army, judging by its readiness, the NWO was an unpleasant surprise.
    1. agoran
      agoran 5 January 2023 20: 46
      +2
      For example? Provide information. Another CIPSO shnik?
      1. Timur_kz
        Timur_kz 6 January 2023 19: 05
        0
        Blind, right? Which example do you need, see the timeline from February 24 and choose an example for every taste. Or will you now prove to me that the military-industrial complex is ready to satisfy the massive demand for modern equipment and shells? Was the General Staff ready for such a war? Is society ideologically ready for general mobilization?
  25. agoran
    agoran 5 January 2023 20: 07
    0
    Gentlemen, Scott Ritter was a private in 1981, then a few years later he became a type of "scout".
    This is a bluff.
  26. Vrotkompot
    Vrotkompot 5 January 2023 20: 26
    0
    Of course, a surprise, since immediately after our ultimatum, at the end of 2021, to stop drawing our neighbors into NATO or actions will follow, Shats and Britons actively began to supply stingers and javelins to Ukraine. For two months without a break, weapons were driven by planes through Poland. And so we did not expect)))
  27. Fangaro
    Fangaro 5 January 2023 21: 06
    +1
    The gopniks, who had gathered in the doorway to beat up the worker who was walking after the second shift, were surprised that the blacksmith had the courage to hit someone in the eye, to whom to flatten the egg? Well, yes, do not tie a bow to all causality. But also "uncles, it is possible to pass?" - didn't work either.
  28. Akuzenka
    Akuzenka 5 January 2023 21: 15
    -2
    Another sign that the West did not take Russia seriously was the absolute inability of the West to do anything to find a diplomatic solution to this problem.

    Therefore, the countries of the West did not make real efforts to put pressure on Ukraine in order to get Kyiv to comply with the Minsk agreements.
    Lying like a gray gelding. The Germans have long admitted why these "Minsk agreements" were needed. And he understand "does analysis."
    1. Rustic
      Rustic 5 January 2023 21: 47
      0
      Lying like a gray gelding. The Germans have long admitted why these "Minsk agreements" were needed. And he understand "does analysis."
      Well, why immediately lie? It is likely that they did not consider it necessary to inform him. What is it that all old farts who once served somewhere are obliged to report all plans? So it is for this representative of the West, it is quite possible that this really came as a surprise. Well, the habit of Americans, even individual ones, to consider that they are the whole world. There are already claims to their psychiatrists, why they treat them poorly.
  29. Russkiyvasya
    Russkiyvasya 5 January 2023 21: 21
    -3
    No one in the world thought, but the Ukrainians were waiting and knew exactly where and when.
  30. vlad2000
    vlad2000 5 January 2023 21: 38
    -3
    who is this ritter? a supernumerary pensioner offended by the pertagon that the general was not given for demobilization. there is still the same poppy gregor. they broadcast these clowns with a show off, they are such the greatest authorities in the west. funny.
    1. Alex Justice
      Alex Justice 6 January 2023 17: 34
      0
      Who do you recommend listening to? Ritter is the best at describing causes and consequences.
  31. Yun Klob
    Yun Klob 5 January 2023 21: 47
    +1
    And it seemed to me that Biden was begging for a Russian strike on Ukraine, even saying that he would not impose serious sanctions if the strike was insignificant.
    I'm probably confusing something....
  32. Vovavvs
    Vovavvs 5 January 2023 22: 01
    -1
    Somewhere we have already heard something similar ... And exactly, when the enemy had a similar critical situation in Chechnya and Debaltseve ...
  33. Strannik96
    Strannik96 5 January 2023 22: 19
    0
    Quote: Vladimir M
    This scout is talking nonsense. They all knew and were ready for February 24th. And they were waiting for us near Kyiv, Chernigov ...

    He says everything is correct, the German chief intelligence officer on February 25.02.22, XNUMX, the German special forces took him out of Ukraine in a car. If NATO knew for sure, then it would not have been in Ukraine these days. This was not an acceptable risk for the head of intelligence, but what if he had been caught?
  34. Ghost1
    Ghost1 5 January 2023 23: 11
    0
    The West was preparing, how in the fall of 2021 they began to pump weapons to Ukraine, the United States decided to slip away from Afghanistan for this matter. More certainty is that the West has led us to all this. Yes, even if we take the timing as a surprise, then in months all the polymers were profaned, it was necessary to act decisively and on a large scale, and not almost immediately to harp some negotiations, half-measures.
  35. Alex242
    Alex242 6 January 2023 02: 36
    0
    Another sign that the West did not take Russia seriously was the absolute inability of the West to do anything to find a diplomatic solution to this problem.

    - can this be compared as an analogy of the situation in the USSR in late spring and early June?
    No one thought that Russia could hold out for so long

    that means their intelligence has become completely useless .....
  36. the same doctor
    the same doctor 6 January 2023 11: 24
    +1
    Even more unpredictable for the West has become the way the war is waged: suspension of hostilities, corridors, Medinsky’s negotiations, Istanbul, a ban on the destruction of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces... Now here is also a truce in the spirit of Trotsky. The West scratched its head and decided: "Well, you can fight, and even win with such leadership in Russia ..."
    1. Two diplomas
      Two diplomas 6 January 2023 18: 00
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      That's it. Some people imagine themselves almost on Nevsky or Suvorov with Kutuzov, but Tukhachevsky of the 20s will come out.
  37. besikexe
    besikexe 6 January 2023 15: 06
    +1
    Yeah, just like that, a bunch of weapons and equipment have been brought to my vast countryside almost since 2014. And all this, combined with wild propaganda and playing off people. Of course, by doing this, the United States did not plan to involve the Russian Federation in the war.
  38. Two diplomas
    Two diplomas 6 January 2023 17: 58
    +1
    There is no diplomatic solution to the current situation. Everything has gone too far. The outlying lands of Russia should be populated by normal Russian people.
  39. Dingo
    Dingo 7 January 2023 15: 10
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    ... "There are 1001 ways to get a sleeping bear out of its den in winter... And not a single way to drive it back..." (old hunting wisdom). Time to know...
  40. Mazunga
    Mazunga 7 January 2023 17: 24
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    serious)))? then before the start of the NWO, they screamed for three months that the Russian Federation would attack Ukraine