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Fox News’ Jesse Watters examined the “information war” that is unfolding in concert with the conventional war taking place in Ukraine during his opening monologue on Thursday’s “Jesse Watters Primetime.”
“On the sidelines of this real war, there’s an information war going on, and it’s wild,” he said. “Depending on what country you live in, some people have no idea what to believe.”
“While Russia commits war crimes, Putin blames Ukraine,” with Russia “spewing propaganda, brainwashing its own people.” Russian President Vladimir Putin is maintaining the supposition that Nazis control Ukraine, Watters reported.
“Obviously, that’s preposterous,” he reacted, calling Putin “unpredictable and capable of anything at this point.”
Watters noted that the KGB agent-turned-despot has bombed civilians, poisoned political adversaries, and threatened nuclear war. He added that Putin has also “launched multiple and vicious ground invasions” and conspired with China.
“This is what the people of Ukraine are up against. Putin’s digging in for the long haul here, even insisting his invasion is going according to plan,” Watters observed.
It is also believed that Russia’s Federal Security Service has formulated plans to carry out public executions in Ukrainian cities seized by Russian forces, as Putin seems maniacally dedicated to rebuilding the former Soviet Union in his image.
Russia’s “immediate goal,” Watters said, is to take the port cities of Mykolaiv and Odesa, the latter of which is “the crown jewel, the commercial capital and key port.”
“If they fall, Ukraine will be completely cut off from supplies and support coming up from the Black Sea, land-locking Ukraine’s forces.”
Watters opined that the Ukrainian city of Odesa could be the launchpad for an invasion of neighboring Moldova, next to Romania, which is a NATO member nation where American troops are currently stationed. What would happen at that point is anyone’s guess as Putin has been allowed to continue his conquest stymied only by Ukrainian resistance on the ground.
“The heroic people of Ukraine refuse to give in to Russia’s aggression. But this is going to be a long and drawn-out battle. Russia has no plans to stop this ferocious assault any time soon,” he forebode.
Watters reported that Putin recently spoke with Emmanuel Macron by phone and allegedly told the French president that things in Ukraine are only going to get worse.
“Your country will pay dearly because it will end up as an isolated country, weakened and under sanctions for a very long time,” Macron said in the phone call, according to his office. He also “called on Vladimir Putin to not lie to himself.”
But the Russian leader remained defiant and told Macron that the objective of talking Ukraine “will be fulfilled in any case.”
“Attempts to gain time by dragging negotiations will only lead to additional requirements for Kyiv in our negotiating position,” Putin said to Macron, according to The Washington Post.
Macron was matter-of-fact in his assessment of the situation.
“I spoke to President Putin this morning,” Macron tweeted after the phone call. “He refuses to stop his attacks on Ukraine at this point. It is vital to maintain dialogue to avoid human tragedy. I will continue my efforts and contacts. We must avoid the worst.”
I spoke to President Putin this morning. He refuses to stop his attacks on Ukraine at this point. It is vital to maintain dialogue to avoid human tragedy. I will continue my efforts and contacts. We must avoid the worst.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 3, 2022
UPDATE: Speaking of propaganda, at the time of this writing, Russia’s Parliament has just voted unanimously to crack down on what they perceive as disinformation, Reuters reports:
MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) – Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law imposing a jail term of up to 15 years for spreading intentionally “fake” news about the military, stepping up the information war over the conflict in Ukraine.
Russian officials have repeatedly said that false information has been spread by Russia’s enemies such as the United States and its Western European allies in an attempt to sow discord among the Russian people.
Additionally, “Russian sites of the BBC and Deutsche Welle, along with Facebook, Twitter, and Apple and Google’s app stores were all blocked overnight on March 3,” according to Radio Free Europe.
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