Russian Autocrat Putin declared a “partial mobilization,” calling up 300,000 unwilling reservists, in a considerable escalation of his flagging invasion of Ukraine, which he paints as a fight to the death with the US and its allies.
Several media sources and witness accounts detail the arrests of Russian anti-mobilization protesters who are conscripted once apprehended.
That is ancient history. A week has passed and there are new ploys to note. Putin is compelling Ukrainians at gunpoint, in areas occupied by Russian forces, to sign documents forfeiting their land and agreeing to annexation.
He calls this an election and then claims territories as Russian so that when Ukrainian forces move to recover their land, Russia will maintain it was Ukraine that attacked them, and they must act in self-defense.
Putin reiterates threats of nuclear retribution, announcing in a national televised address on Wednesday. “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a bluff.”
See what he did there? He says Ukrainian land, occupied by Russians during his illegal war, is now part of Russia. If anyone attacks any part of Russia, expect catastrophic retaliation.
How can Russians realize the criminality of their government’s war, and all that is transpiring in Ukraine, when propaganda is used as a weapon wielded without opposition?
“It is easier to fool someone than to convince them they’ve been fooled.” ~Mark Twain