Propaganda and fake news thrive in the fog of war

Something extraordinary happened last weekend. The “realistic” analysis of the prospective war in Ukraine was based on three assumptions: that Russia’s invasion was aimed at consolidating its grip on Crimea and Donbass; that the Russians would quickly succeed; and that the most viable Western response was to impose sanctions that would be punitive but not deterrent and would not stand in the way of long-term Western interests in Russian oil and gas. This analysis broke down over the weekend.

t did so for three reasons. First, Putin’s rhetoric hinted at a more menacing, expansionist agenda. Second, Russian forces did not advance as quickly as expected. Third, and most importantly, this has given Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy an opportunity to rally his people and shame the world. Meanwhile, social and mainstream media continued to provide eyewitness accounts of Ukrainian heroism and Russian belligerence to similar effect. Propaganda and fake news thrive in the fog of war

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