There is no more powerful weapon than information. It is used by the good people as well as the bad. It can be used by a Donald Trump to spread crass rumours and misinformation. It can also be used by president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to defend Ukraine from the overpowering might of Putin’s Russia.
And if you are in a war with an overpowering force, you need any and all weapons possible. You can imagine Putin railing at his generals for not finding and silencing Zelenskyy. The constant pleas by the Ukrainian president to the world for arms and aid, broadcast from Kyiv, are having effect.
It little matters whether the Russian flag ship on the Black Sea, Muskova, was just damaged or sunk by Ukrainian forces. It gave the Ukraine a victory that they sorely needed.
Call it propaganda, if you wish, but Zelenskyy is winning the information war. His biggest help in this is president Joe Biden of the United States. There is no reason for the U.S. to remain silent about their information gathering capability. Anything that embarrasses the Monster of Moscow is grist for the mill. Whether the information is from spy satellites or human spies that are gathering the information is immaterial. The Americans are delighted to help embarrass Putin.
But no matter the outcome of this conflict, Putin is very limited as to where he can travel afterwards. There are charges of war crimes against him. There are simply too many correspondents feeding information to the world about what they are seeing and recording in Ukraine.
The propaganda from the Kremlin is made much less effective considering the weak attempt his regime is making in trying to keep the Russian people on side. There are just too many losses of Russian soldiers to make a case for the supposed assistance they are providing to the Ukraine. The Russian people are also not entirely convinced that the Ukraine needs that much rescuing.
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