Putin starting the war: What He Said and What It Really Means


The main messages in president Putin’s speech broadcast on 24 February AM, with which he began an open invasion into Ukraine.

Mr.Putin’s address, like many before was seeped in disinformation narratives, all in the effort to mobilise support for armed aggression against a democratic and peaceful country.

This is a brief look at what he said and what it really means

Putin’s manipulative and deceptive Newspeak: What he really means:
“Self-defence of Russia” Attack and invasion of a sovereign state which does not pose any threat
“Limited military operation” All-out attack. Missile strikes, air and land invasion

Civilian targets, cities and infrastructure included

“No occupation” Intent to occupy as much as possible, as long as necessary. Place Ukraine under Moscow’s control. Indefinitely.
“De-nazification of Ukraine” Stalinist-type repression of elected, legitimate officials of a sovereign country.
“Holding election for a new government” Gun-point fake-democracy to place Kremlin-loyal puppets in power.





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