The state media has already reported
Putin wants to justify the Kherson debacle with this propaganda trick
Russian troops withdraw from Kherson. The population demands an explanation, otherwise there is a risk of losing confidence. For this, Putin resorts to a tsarist trick.
Vladimir Putin has prepared Russian state media on how to report in the event of a withdrawal.
The situation in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson was so hopeless for the Russians that their only option was to retreat. But the recapture of Ukraine has dramatic consequences for the attackers. Crimea could then fall next. Putin was prepared for defeat and can hide battlefield losses.
Russian exile media outlet Meduza describes how propaganda handbooks were distributed among state media just before it was announced on Wednesday that Russia was withdrawing. The situation in Kherson is “the most difficult for the Russian military at the current stage of the special operation,” the document says.
Days before, a withdrawal from the area was said to be “undesirable” but “likely”. Now the case is a reality, which is why the rhetoric on state television is being polished. According to Kremlin propaganda, Ukraine is a terrorist state supported by the West.
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But all is not lost. Russian history shows that retreat can lead to victory. The state media is said to be quoting the speech of Russian historian Anatoly Torkunov (72). In a speech delivered at a meeting with Putin, Torkunov compared the Battle of Kherson to the Battle of Poltava led by Peter the Great (1672-1725) in June 1709. The Russians faced Swedish troops in the Great Northern War. At that time, the Tsar had his forces withdrawn to the present-day Ukrainian city of Poltava. From there the Swedish attacks were repulsed. This gave Peter the Great enough time to mobilize new troops. Similarly, Turkonov claims, it can happen after the Kherson retreat.
Russia wants to portray itself as a hero
The Kakhovka Dam is also an important topic of Russian propaganda. According to Putin, Ukraine is planning a “terrorist attack” on the dam on the Dnieper River. The consequences would be dramatic: civilians and Russian soldiers would be swept away with the current if the dam were destroyed. In fact, Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of preparing attacks on the dam.
Russia is trying to portray itself as a hero through propaganda. Meduza quotes from the manual: “Russian troops are trying to save the lives of civilians and military personnel.” The people of Kherson were forcibly evacuated from their homes in October. Although the Russians are now withdrawing, one thing is clear: Russia will certainly try its best to retake Kherson. (jwg)