The Pentagon’s dispatch of 200 troops into Ukraine to train alongside the Ukrainian army in its battle against Russia won’t do much in the way of help, retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely says.
"It's a token effort on the part of the administration," Vallely, chairman of the conservative political group Stand Up America, said to Steve Malzberg and John Bachman on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"[Russian President] Vladimir Putin is taking all of the aggressive action now with the separatists over there in the eastern part of Ukraine.
"Our minimal footprint over there is probably not having any great impact at all because there's nothing coming out that shows the Ukrainians are getting any stronger with their armed forces [against] Putin and the Soviet forces."
Vallely said that nine have been killed, 29 wounded just in the last 24 hours.
"And it looks like the separatists are attacking two sides in an attempt now to surround the Ukrainian forces. It's not a good situation there for Ukraine right now."
Vallely called the Obama administration’s ongoing actions there "confused and chaotic."
"Putin and the other leaders of the world see that. That's why they're aggressively on track," he said.
"We talked about ... how Putin would wait until January and then he'll be making stronger moves against the Ukraine and other neighboring countries there.
"He's right on track, he knows what he wants to do and he's doing it."
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