Western Media's 'Ukraine Is Winning' Narrative Exposed As Pure Propaganda Lies.
Day after day since the war began back in February the narrative peddled by US and European mainstream media is that Ukraine was winning on all fronts and the Russians were taking a terrible beating as their special Military Operation failed. The recent Russian pull-back of troops to the east bank of the Dneipro River, which was hailed by the west as a great defeat and total hulimiation for Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin was in fact a sound tactical move. With winter approaching it was wise to dig in behind defensible boundaries. The move also indicated a shift in Russian tactics to the one thing the Kremlin had avoided for several months, full spectrum strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure with the aim of knocking out vital services such as electricity, telecommunications and water and rendering transport links unusable.
Ukraine's media spin suggested that Russia's precision strikes were
"ineffective", with western news outlets showing only old images of burned out tanks, craters in streets and some scarred apartment buildings.
There were limited admissions of damage to the power and water grids,
but Ukraine claimed that these systems would be back and functional
within days. This did not happen. Ukrainian claims that Russia had lost thousands of soldiers killed or maimed while the Ukrainian military suffered only light losses were also revealed as the opposite of the truth. Reliable sources not linked to either government or to NATO report that while Russia has taken significant losses, Ukraines dead and critically wounded outnumber Russia's by five to one.
It is not surprising then to learn that Ukraine has suffered far more damage to their utilities than the government and media are willig to report. Latest estimates, backed by satellite imaery, suggest that from 60% to 80% of the nation's electricity grid is either destroyed beyond repair or unusable while the latest satellite photos of active lights at night support this. Below, we can see lights across Ukraine on February 24th at the start of the war.
Next, we have an image taken from November 24th.
It appears from the evidence that more than half the nation is in total darkness and the comparison to neighboring countries where the night time images are unchanged is stark. For the majority of the war Ukraine's power grid, internet, water, gas, and other amenities functioned almost normally, which is highly unusual during an invasion but shows the Russians were exercising restraint . The reasons for Vladimir Putin's regime seeking to avoid damage to infrastructure are unknown, but public optics are the most likely explanation. With power resources nearly destroyed, the citizenry of Ukraine is facing a long cold winter with little to no relief in sight.
No doubt the media will portray this as the weaponsiation of winter, though, elimination of infrastructure is usually the first measure of a large scale attack. It is standard operating procedure for US and NATO military operations for example, as evidenced by what happened in The Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. As of now, the coldest winter temperatures have yet to hit Ukraine, with average lows of 21°F (-6°C) in December. This kind of weather is not a problem with infrastructure intact, but with the grid down there will be chaos.
Water pipes will freeze and bust across major population centers, leaving only well water. The effects of the cold on health will be cumulative, and without heating and electric most other operations including economic activity will grind to a halt. Ukraine's population will have gone from relative comfort to brutal survival in the span of a couple months.
The next obvious outcome for nations supporting Ukraine is yet another refugee crisis, with millions of people seeking shelter in neighboring countries in order to escape the cold, hunger and lack of healthcare, medicines and basic amenities. Though mainstream analysts are finally admitting to the grid problem, there is still very little coverage of the actual consequences we are about to witness. The assertions that Ukraine is "winning" the war would be much harder to sell while at the same time acknowledging the massive economic and humanitarian disaster that is escalating in the wake of Ukraine's stunning run of military successes.
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