The fact that you are reading this speaks to the success of Russian propaganda.
His claim a 600 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the massive airstrike. Kramatorsk is almost certainly a terrible lie.
But it doesn’t matter to Russia. As disinformation works, it is out there and will work its way through social media and mainstream news sites.
If people believe it, so much the better – but that’s not really the case. As long as you doubt everything everyone says, it’s a victory for the propagandists.
You are bombarded with information and you don’t know what the truth is.
1. In this instance, debunking is fairly easy. Photos of the site itself show a very limited area of destruction.
2. Kramatorsk is easy to reach – so fact can be verified.
3. The claim is inconsistent with Ukrainian military practice. Six hundred soldiers don’t form within artillery range, they disperse.
4. The Ukrainians have vehemently denied this.
Ukrainian Joint Forces spokesman Serhiy Chirivati said: “The Russian information is not correct.
“The Russian army attacked Kramatorsk yesterday at 23.30 with seven missiles. But it had no effect on the Ukrainian army.”
Information, though, is also a market within Russia.
The government is desperate for victory, especially after this Heavy loss of troops at Makioka on New Year’s Eve.
The claim of a reprisal attack would then be packaged for household consumption on a TV news bulletin, where a large segment of the population would no doubt digest it.
But there is more to it.
Moscow sees its strength as one of the world’s greatest armies, so surely the victories – even with an obvious propaganda design – are disappointing.
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