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Putin backlash as Russians ‘desert’ propaganda over Ukraine war: ‘Emperor's new clothes’




Vladimir Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine continued with fresh attacks on cities across the country at the weekend. Ukrainian authorities said at least eight people were killed after Russian shelling on a residential area and a shopping centre in the Podilskyi district of the capital Kyiv on Sunday. Meanwhile, besieged Mariupol in southern Ukraine, continues to face a barrage of Russian attacks.

The strategic port city is home to 300,000 people, who remain trapped without power or water, and with scarce food supplies.

Ukraine has rejected Moscow’s deadline for those defending the city to disarm in exchange for citizens being allowed to evacuate.

Amid the horrors of war in Ukraine, Putin has attempted to keep the Russian public onside through a relentless propaganda campaign, disseminated by state media outlets that remain doggedly loyal to the Kremlin.

The Russian President also addressed a huge rally in Moscow on Friday, praising his nation’s supposed “unity” over the war in Ukraine – or as the Kremlin calls it, the “special operation”.

However, there is mounting evidence that Russian troops’ barbaric attacks on Ukrainian civilians are starting to filter through to the public back home, according to the country’s former Foreign Minister.

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Andrei Kozyrev spoke to ‘The Economist Asks’ podcast last week and explained that he was seeing Russians waking up to the Kremlin’s propaganda machine, describing the situation as one of “the emperor’s new clothes”.

The ex-politician was asked if protesters like Marina Ovsyannikova – who recently crashed a Russian state TV broadcast with an anti-war sign – were having an impact on ordinary citizens in Russia.

He told host Anne McElvoy: “Well, definitely. Marina Ovsyannikova, of course, is a hero.

“I believe that it might have an impact. Like a girl once cried, ‘the emperor has no clothes’.

“And everybody all of a sudden opened their eyes and recognised that they lived in the world of lies.

The editor-turned-protester emerged on the set of the programme shouting: “Stop the war. No to war.”

She wielded a homemade sign that read in Russian: “Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here,” and in English added: “Russians against the war.”

Ms Ovsyannikova was immediately detained for her actions and a Moscow court fined her 30,000 rubles (£220).

The editor has now “handed in all the documents” for her resignation from Channel One, she told France 24 last week.

On Sunday, the former editor spoke to ABC’s ‘This Week’ about her motivation for her protest.

She said: “After a week of coverage of this situation, the atmosphere on the channel was so unpleasant that I realised that I could not go back there.

“I could see what in reality was happening in Ukraine.

“And what we showed on our programmes was very different from what was going on in reality.”

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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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