For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Russian government officials have acknowledged defeat on the battlefield. The Russian Ministry of Defense has thus embraced a new information (or more precisely “propaganda”) strategy in openly admitting to the Ukrainian military’s dramatic success in almost completely re-claiming Kharkiv Oblast, Aaron Rhodes & Willy Fautré write in EU Today.

This change in the Kremlin’s information strategy has, in turn, opened new questions for Russian citizens to ponder: What are the reasons for this serious setback? Who is to blame?

Of course, blame cannot be placed on President Putin, the architect of Russia’s illegal, ill-conceived and miserably executed invasion. Instead, NATO, not the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is now being blamed  by Russian propagandists for Russia’s defeats.


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Aaron Rhodes is President of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe (FOREF/ Vienna – He was Executive Director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights 1993-2007.

Willy Fautré, director of Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF/ Brussels – and former ‘chargé de mission’ at the Cabinet of the Belgian Ministry of Education and at the Belgian Parliament.

The authors urge the Russian-speaking readers of this article to republish it on their own websites or blogs and through their social media or to share it otherwise with Russian citizens

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