Welcome to a special edition of our Media Insights newsletter, "War on Ukraine". This issue features five short videos reflecting different aspects of the war:
->Who is responsible?
->Parents of a maniac, take him home
->Just drown these children
->Surovikin: We are one nation with Ukrainians
->Aren't you tired of war yet?
All videos are available on our Telegram channel 'На самом деле медиа'. It offers a unique perspective - Topics of the Day as well as 3-5 other issues - how the Russian state media interpret the ongoing "special military operation" in Ukraine, and how the same events are covered by the independent media.
Our regular newsletters on the website provide a detailed weekly overview of these two different perspectives (through mid-August) and a summary of the topics of the day presented by our Telegram channel 'In fact, the media' (since mid-August). You can find all the previous issues on our website.
[Who is responsible?]
Mobilization in Russia was accompanied by numerous setbacks. It has caused unprecedented chaos and anger throughout the country. The Russian media is looking for blame, blaming everyone but Putin. But according to the Constitution, he is the commander-in-chief of the Russian Armed Forces. Let's compare the news from the Russian media and independent sources.
A road and rail bridge linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula was damaged on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 19-kilometer bridge across the Kerch Strait is the only direct link between Russia's transportation network and the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The bridge was Putin's flagship project, who himself opened it to traffic with great pomp, driving a truck across it in 2018.
[Parents of a maniac, take hom home]
People in Russia are creative, and some are not afraid and are able to find their own way of expressing dissatisfaction with the current leader. If he won't listen, perhaps his parents will? The only problem is that they are long gone. Watch our video to hear the story of Irina, who went to the grave of Putin's parents to complain about their son.
[Just drown these children]
These absurd statements were made by former RT broadcasting director Anton Krasovsky during an interview on that channel regarding Ukrainian children who were supposed to complain about the Russian occupation of Ukraine in the 1980s. Although many people often use hate speech against Ukrainians on Russian television, he was the first to be effectively dismissed. The problem is that although Krasovsky's statements were disgusting, Putin's army has already killed or wounded more than 1,250 Ukrainian children since the war began.
[Surovikin: We are one nation with Ukrainians]
A few hours after the bridge bombing, Putin appointed General Sergei Surovikin to lead the war in Ukraine. His nickname is "General Armageddon" and he has a fearsome reputation, hardened by decades of various military actions and wars waged by Russia. "The Ukrainians and I are one people," stated General Armageddon So Surovikin is ready to bomb civilians of his own people? Watch our video if you want to know more.
[Aren't you tired of war yet?]
Experts predict that as a result of Putin's senseless war, Russia will face the biggest upheaval since the 1992 crisis that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the last mobilization, 318,000 new soldiers were sent to war. How many of them will return home? Aren't people in Russia already tired of this senseless war?
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