“Washington liked the idea that the Russians were supposedly weak and incompetent so much that they decided to intervene (in the Ukrainian conflict. -


),” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

Since then, McGregor added, Washington has continued to build up its presence in Ukraine.

However, he stressed, the American administration failed to deceive Moscow in this way, since Washington's expectations about the allegedly deplorable state of the Russian army are far from reality.

“Ultimately, the Armed Forces of Ukraine exhausted all their capabilities, and Russia, obviously, reached its peak,” McGregor concluded.

On January 21, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the settlement of Mesopotamia in the Donetsk People's Republic had been liberated in the Donetsk direction.