confusion reigns Russia’s state televisionwhile panicked lawmakers and pundits try to explain to the public why their country invaded Ukraine and now faces Breaking down western sanctions. And in the process of trying to justify the unfathomable, zealous propagandists have inadvertently revealed too much.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told State television on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in managerial decisions related to Russia’s military activities in Ukraine. He pushed: “It’s time to unite around our president,” encouraging those who understand the Kremlin’s goals to “patiently explain” them to anyone who doesn’t understand.
Appearance on state television show The evening with Vladimir Soloviev Then on Friday, Russian MP Andrei Kartapolov, chairman of the Russian parliament’s Defense Committee, set out to justify Putin’s military activities in Ukraine.
Starting with the latest news of a terrible fire caused by Russian military efforts to take control of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plantKartapolov claimed that Russian troops were ordered to seize Ukraine’s nuclear power plants to prevent Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy from “building a dirty bomb” with which to attack Russia.
Kartapolov’s unfounded accusation stemmed solely from Zelenskyy’s statement at the Munich Security Conference on February 19, where he addressed the signatories’ failure to comply with the Budapest Memorandum, according to which Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security guarantees. Zelenskyy called for new security guarantees – or he alternatively emphasized that all provisions of the 1994 agreement would become obsolete. That statement contained no threats to Russia, but was convenient enough to be used as one of Putin’s claims as to why Ukraine somehow posed a threat to its larger neighbor.
On Soloviev’s show — an Orwellian setting typical of Russian state media — the host and all panelists repeatedly denied the obvious and attempted to refute the notion that Russia is at war with Ukraine. Soloviev asked: “We are de facto at war with NATO?” Kartapolov agreed: “De factowe are at war with NATO because all military formations of Ukraine perform NATO’s tasks… NATO also solves another problem by getting rid of Europe’s surplus migrants by sending them to Ukraine to fight.” He concluded pompous: “God is not in power but in truth.”
On the Kremlin’s goals in Ukraine, Kartapolov explained in detail: “Our position is clear and transparent, even during these negotiations. The essence is this: Ukraine will recognize Crimea as the Russian Federation, as well as DPR/LPR [‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ and ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’] within their administrative borders. Ukraine will change its social and state system and become a neutral, demilitarized country. That’s it.”
Unnerved by Kartapolov’s revelations, MP Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chairman of the Duma Commission on Relations with the former Soviet Union, replied angrily: “If a horse has something to say, a saddle should not be the one speaking. This is not the time to tell everything. First of all, we’re not the ones who should be saying this, they [Ukrainians] must be the ones who say that. But this situation has to mature first. It is not done during cannon fire. Until our operation is complete, it will not be clear what ‘denazification’ will consist of.”
Regarding “demilitarization,” Zatulin said that even certain types of weapons that Russia wants to remove from Ukraine are being discussed during talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations.
The skirmish exposed Putin’s apparent strategy in Ukraine: Destroy Ukraine’s infrastructure and cause widespread despair with a brutal military attack that would then force the Ukrainian government to concede to Putin’s terms and abandon their positions or face violent removal. It’s a land grab in eastern Ukraine followed by the transformation of the rest of the country into a powerless vassal state, controlled and led by Putin’s puppets. To break Ukraine’s resolve, the Kremlin likely intends to repeat the brutality it displayed in Syria and Chechnya.
The devastation that Putin’s military campaign has already wreaked in his neighboring country did not matter to the pro-Putin experts. Smoothly and nonchalantly, Soloviev stated: “Ukraine is sinking into the Stone Age. Most of its areas are on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.” Still, he encouraged the Russian government not to halt its “military operation,” known to the rest of the world as a brutal, unprovoked war.
Soloviev added: “It should be understood that this is not a war against Ukraine or the Ukrainian people, but a military operation… of denazification and demilitarization of the fist of NATO directed against us.” Zatulin intervened: “This is a War against the West, a war against NATO.” The host agreed: “Of course. This is a battle from the war that began on May 9, 1945, when, under the pretense of being with us, they were preparing to destroy us.”
Like a mantra, state television talking heads refer to World War II and conjure up the spirit of a fight against Nazism, for no other reason than to gloss over Putin’s recent land grab in progress.
Lawmakers and pundits essentially refuted Putin’s claim that he invaded Ukraine to remove what he called a “Nazi” government – which, incidentally, is led by a Jewish man. Instead of demystifying the Kremlin’s agenda for the masses, the state media demonstrated that in Putin’s Russia, anyone who dares to oppose Putin is labeled a “Nazi,” to the point where the term has lost its original meaning loses.
On Soloviev’s show, political scientist and history professor Elena Ponomareva claimed, “We are fighting not only against NATO, but also against the Nazi European Union.”
Two days earlier on a state television program 60 minutesJournalist Andrei Sidorchik drove the concept all the way down the hill when he shouted: “Joe Biden is a Nazi. The US Congressmen – Democrats and Republicans – are Nazis… the German Chancellor is a Nazi… EU leaders are Nazis… because their sanctions seek to preserve neo-Nazism in Ukraine.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-state-tv-just-blew-up-putins-nazi-ukraine-bullshit?source=articles&via=rss Russian state television just blew up Putin’s “Nazi Ukraine” bullshit