Smithsonian’s AIR&SPACE Magazine makes inverted David and Goliath story out of Donbass
January 22, 2018 – Fort Russ News –
– FRN contributing editor and volunteer translator Tom Winter, being a pilot, subscribes to AIR&SPACE, and fills us in on the US-Kiev propaganda in the current issue…
|From the March 2018 edition of AIR&SPACE|
Judgment can’t be better than the information it is based on, and the March, 2018 issue of AIR&SPACE magazine presents a remarkable example of the information America is getting about the Lugansk Peoples Republic and the Donetsk Peoples Republic — and the judgment based on this information is doomed to error!
Their story, “The fighting drones of Ukraine” is subtitled
“In garages and warehouses around Kiev, an army of gadgeteers takes on the Russian war machine.”
Fort Russ readers will immediately recognize the western doctrine: the people of Donetsk and Lugansk are written out of existence, and their choice is immaterial: it is Kiev against Russia.
Quite apart from the details of the drones and their enabling accuracy of fire, there are some telling passages, most notably this about the nature of today’s Ukraine:
“the defense sector is so expansive he thinks of it as a country within a country.”
That is Denis Gurak, the deputy director for foreign investment at UkrOboronProm. Yes, the country within the country is doing great, while in the outside country, the ordinary people can’t pay their utility bills.
Here are some samples:
In this screen shot, “Volunteer units have since been integrated into the Ukrainian Armed forces” without any mention of the nature of the volunteer units. “Sich Batallion” is the creation of the extremist Svoboda Party.
Emphasis throughout is Ukraine — working in garages like Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs — facing off against Russia. Here is just one example:
“Arrayed against Ukrainian government forces was a Russian military that was modernizing itself and backing a rebel force in eastern Ukraine.”
And another on this theme: “While the prospects for peace remain bleak, Ukraine has managed to punch above its military weight in the conflict by turning to its world-renowned aeronautics industry. Unique to this war is a new group of volunteer tinkerers building do-it-yourself UAVs.”
The worst kink of misleading fake news is achieved through omission:
“The civil war that began when some residents of Ukraine’s heavily industrial Donbass region rebelled in support of Russia has now killed more than 10,000 people, about 30 percent of them civilians…”
No mention of the deliberate shelling of residential, non-military targets to explain the civilian casualties! No mention that the Kiev junta’s response to the plebiscites of May, 2014 was bombs.
And this: “The 2015 Minsk Agreement between Kiev and Moscow was supposed to create a cease fire and a plan to reintegrate Ukraine’s separatist regions, with new elections in the rebel-held territories to follow. None of that has come to pass.” No mention that it did not “come to pass” because Kiev fulfilled, and will fulfill, none of the terms.
There is one admission that, in what used to be Eastern Ukraine, there is a country there:
“the frontline dividing Ukraine’s government-controlled territory from what the separatists have renamed the People’s Republic of Donetsk.”
Prominently featured is one hobbyist helping the war effort, Artyem Vyunnik: The general staff is pushing his company to make kamikazes, but he rejects such requests because “We didn’t want to kill people.”
“He got into drones because it was fun.
|Residence in Pervomaisk, where a few of the “30% of them civilians” were killed.|