Former Trump National Security Advisor predicts new phase in Ukrainian war

It has been over a month and a half since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to invade neighboring Ukraine, and the campaign hasn’t gone well.

However, former Trump White House National Security Advisor Gen. Keith Kellogg said during an interview with Fox News host Bryan Llenas on Saturday that the war is entering a new phase.

Fox News host Bryan Llenas began by pointing to a map showing that some 40,000 Russian troops have pulled back from Kyiv and are moving east towards Kharkiv.

Russians suffered a “massive defeat” near Kyiv

Llenas then drew a vertical line across the eastern third of Ukraine, noting that some observers say Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to occupy the region to use when bargaining for a truce.

Kellogg said he agreed with Llenas’ assessment of the Russians’ plan, stating, “I think that that’s exactly what they are going to try to do.”

The retired Army general went on to say that Russian forces “suffered a massive defeat” and “just got mauled” when they attempted to take Ukraine’s capital city.

“The question now, how are the Ukrainians going to respond to that?” Kellogg continued. “And the way they’re talking, especially President Zelenskyy, he’s not going to give in and give up the fight.”

Llenas then pointed out how the next phase of Russia’s invasion appears to involve focusing its troops on “a much more concentrated area,” something that Kellogg said, “doesn’t look good.”

Kellogg says Russia will operate as it did in Syria

He added that “one of the big tells” is that the Russians have replaced their previous senior commander with a general who oversaw Russia’s operation in Syria.

“The reason that’s important is, watch how the Syrian battle evolved, with the fighting in the cities, how they used artillery offensive maneuvers,” Kellogg explained. “That’s, I think, what you’re going to see there and that’s what the general is used to.”

“The Ukrainians need to counter, and I think by fighting smartly. What I mean by that, attacking and counter-attacking in the correct places.

Kellogg went on to insist that Ukrainian forces can’t move “en masse on this entire area” as they “don’t have the troops to do it.”

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