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Russian propagandists have created such a world of illusions and lies, coupled with threats of further military aggression, that they can’t even see how ludicrous their propaganda and its internal contradictions have become.
(1) Reuters (Moscow/Kiev), “U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin,” Reuters, April 17, 2015 (8:12 a.m. EDT).
“The Kremlin said on Friday the arrival of about 300 U.S. paratroopers in Ukraine to train Kiev’s National Guard could destabilize the situation in the east of the country, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting Ukrainian government forces.
“The participation of instructors or specialists from third countries on Ukrainian territory, where the domestic Ukrainian conflict is unresolved … could destabilize the situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow during a conference call.
“He was referring to the arrival of the U.S. paratroopers in western Ukraine this week to begin a six-month training rotation with three battalions.”
That’s right. Moscow, which has invaded and “annexed” the Crimea, which has invaded the eastern Ukraine, where according to NATO it has some 9,000-12,000 troops, which moves its troops, tanks, artillery and air-defense systems in and out of the eastern Ukraine at will, having dismantled by force the Ukrainian border posts, now complains that some 300 U.S. military trainers providing instruction at sites in the Western Ukraine, “could destabilize the situation” in the eastern Ukraine.
This is rich indeed, even if Russian propagandists remain unaware of the irony and contradictions they spew out, night and day.
Russia denies—in the face over overwheming and conclusive evidence to the contrary—that it has any forces in the eastern Ukraine.
See Mark Urban, “How many Russians are fighting in Ukraine?” BBC News, March 10, 2015.
Mark Urban is Diplomatic and defence editor, BBC Newsnight
But if that is the case, and Moscow opposes “the participation of instructors or specialists from third countries on Ukrainian territory”, who are the instructors or specialists from the second country?
What, indeed, is the name of the second country?
Could it be Russia, which Putin denies has any forces in the Donbas?
Aside from revealing to the Russian public that their President is a brazen liar, do these little contradictions make any difference?
Yes, because the absurd claims of Russian propaganda must be resisted at every step.
Yes, because any destabilization of the situation would come only from further acts of Russian military aggression, in violation of the Minsk Protocol of September 5, 2014 and the Minsk II agreement of February 12, 2015.
Yes, because this Russian propaganda in and of itself constitutes a threat of further military aggression by Putin and Russia.
The Trenchant Observer