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The Russo-Ukraine War through the lens of the media. Myths and truth. Part II.

The flags of the Ukraine and Russia with are screened on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, on March 13, 2022. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ירושלים
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העיר העתיקה
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The flags of the Ukraine and Russia with are screened on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, on March 13, 2022. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ירושלים חומות העיר העתיקה דגלים הקרנה דגלים רוסיה אוקראינה שנה

The Russo-Ukraine War through the Israeli mainstream prism. 

“Stockholm syndrome is an emotional response. It happens to some abuse and hostage victims when they have positive feelings toward an abuser or captor”, WebMD.

Don’t ever let your ears witness what your eyes didn’t see. This quotation mentioned in the previous Part I originally says: “Don’t let your ears witness what your eyes didn’t see. Don’t let your mouth speak what your heart doesn’t feel.”

But, journalist are expected to speak according to an International Journalism Manifesto refers to 10 basic principles:

  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth;
  2. Its first loyalty is to citizens;
  3. Its essence is a discipline of verification;
  4. Its practitioners must maintain independence from those they cover;
  5. Journalism must serve as an independent monitor of power;
  6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise;
  7. It must strive to keep the significant interesting and relevant;
  8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional;
  9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience;
  10. Citizens, too, have rights and responsibilities when it comes to the news.

However, during the last 4 months, an interesting psychological phenomenon has been observed in the State of Israel, where the Holocaust survivors of the disaster and the fugitives from antisemitism arrived to rebuild their lives, when the majority of the mainstream media form public opinion exclusively in favor of the state, repeatedly vote against Israel in the UN, but put forward demands that endanger the future of the entire Middle East region.

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Ukraine, voiting record on Israel. Source: UNWatch

The UN Watch, an NGO that monitors the world body, pointed out that since 2015, Ukraine has voted against Israel in 78% of the UN resolutions about the Jewish state. In a total of 122 resolutions involving Israel, Ukraine voted against Israel in 95 of the resolutions and abstained in 27 of them. It did not vote in favor of Israel even once. When the UN adopts Palestinian-sponsored resolutions that condemn Israel for defending itself, why does Ukraine vote for 78% of them.

Both Russia and the pro-Ukrainian coalition established a huge (Dis)Information octopuses according to their mutual accusations.

Source: Miburo.
Military Information Support Operations Command (Airborne) (Provisional) Organization Pending FDU Approval, 2011
US Military Information Support Operations Command (Airborne) (Provisional) Organization. Source: USASOC – Military Information Support Operations Command Public Affairs Office

 

Infrastructure and resources of the pro-Ukrainian information warfare released by the Moscow’s Government owned AIF (Arguments and Facts) weekly newspaper on 22.04.2022.

The multinational and multilayer feelers of this multinational pro-Ukrainian  (Dis)Information octopus are managed in cooperation with the Polish, Canadian and the UK’s intelligence substructures, the EU and NATO special centers as well as the US’s located Pentagon/US Cybercom Command, NSA, USAID and NED including Ford’s and Soros’s foundations. The Ukrainian component consists of the Military Centers for Information and Psychological Operations as well as the media groups owned by the Ukrainian oligarchs.

Besides, it should be noted the special role in this (Dis)Information Warfare was prepared for the State of Israel and its expected military and economic assistance, on which great hopes were placed in the plans of the Ukrainian oligarchs and political ones regarding the military confrontation with Russia.

So, the failed Russian-speaking politician from Ashkelon was invited to the post of a special adviser in Israeli Affairs to the President of Ukraine Mr. Zelensky with whom he participated in the KVN humor TV show years ago.

Israeli TV 13 Channel (Gil Tamary, Chief International News Editor and Commentator News 13) interviews Vladislav Roitberg, the special adviser to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zalansky, Feb 15, 2022. Source: https://13tv.co.il
Vlad Roitberg, Ashkelon, 09.08.2016. Source: http://ashkeloninfo.com

 

 

 

 

 

Israel has also attracted the attention of many post-Soviet and anti-Putin Jewish oligarchs as a back-up place of residence as well as business activity. One of their areas of interest for Israel is investing in the media, as well as creating a political lobby through friendly and family ties with high-ranking Israeli politicians. As an example of their attempts to interfere in Israel’s strategic interests in favor of the anti-Putin oligarchs, these high-ranking lawmakers provoked a diplomatic scandal that resulted in the Russian Ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, leaving the Knesset meeting dedicated to Victory Day, after they criticized Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

However, the Ukrainian 72nd CIPSO (Center for Information and Psychological Operations) shown at the image above is the A-4398 military unit located on the outskirts of Kyiv (Brovary), in coordination with other special divisions as well as local media controlled by  Ukrainian oligarchs, is responsible for everything that foreign and local journalists accredited in Kyiv had to know and see. 

You should not rely at first sight and draw a conclusion from what you hear or see. We can’t know 100% what’s behind it. As a result, even journalists who really want to get to the bottom of the truth have to look for it like a needle in a haystack, but unfortunately there were almost no such among Israeli journalists. Sometimes this is only possible to get to the bottom of the truth with the help of experts in many fields including internationally experienced OSINT analysts. As an example, reports issued by the Israeli journalists reporting from the scene are considered below, but distorting real facts that are not visible and not understandable to most media TV watchers, media readers and Twitter fans.    

Israeli reports of President Zelensky escaping 3 assassinations by Russian saboteurs in Kyiv:

The Russians entered Kiev. Ukraine: “Their goal – to kill the president“. 

After the missile attack this morning on the Ukrainian capital, Russian ground forces also entered it: battles broke out in the northern district, where military vehicles were recorded near residential buildings…”, –  YNET.CO.IL (Yediot Ahronot) on 25.02.22.

 

The documentation that excites the world:A Russian tank gets on a vehicle – and overturns it. The unusual incident took place about 8 kilometers from the center of the capital Kyiv • In the documentation the tank is seen driving backwards and crushing the vehicle once more • In the video the shocked residents are heard screaming at the sight of the tragic incident • The car driver miraculously escaped • Witness: “The tank driver did it for fun”, – by MAKO.CO.IL (Maariv) on 25.02.02.

Report: Zalansky survived three assassination attempts in the past week. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zlansky has survived at least three assassination attempts in the past week, according to the British Times. Ukraine’s defense minister confirmed the report and told the local press that Zalansky had survived following information from anti-war elements in Russia’s Federal Security Service.” – by the  Israeli TV 14 Channel on 03.04.22.

All reports are fakes and distortion of the “frendly fire” tragedy provoked by the panic message of Anna Mulyar, Deputy Ukrainian Minister of Defense, about the mystical Russian saboteurs (“Russian DRG”) dressed in Ukrainian uniforms moving in Kyiv.

Following these false rumors, President Zelensky ordered the distribution of 18,000 machine guns to the civilian population to form the Territorial Defense units. Weapons were distributed uncontrollably in 3 residential areas (Shevchenkovsky – 10, Pugacheva str., Goloseevsky – ( Glushova str. and Obolon – 20 Polarnay str.) and multiple episodes of this “frendly fire” tragedy which occurred during the period of February 25-27 were only a matter of time.

Сontrary to the Geneva Convention, Ukrainian air-defense teams of the truck mounted Soviet-made ZU-23-2 as well as the self-propelled SAM Strela-10 were ordered to take their battle position in the Obolon residential neighborhood. The unsuspecting team of the vehicle mounted ZU-23-2 was killed by armed citizens almost immediately.

Being fired on by a police armored car, unarmed SAM Strela-10 began her steeplechase rally around streets of Obolon trying to find shelter from an incomprehensible enemy.

Civilian tried to catch up and block their escape route, but Strela 10 “won” the street race by crushing his private car as it was reported by MAKO.CO.IL.

Additional episode of this “frendly fire” tragedy occurred at the early morning of 26.02.22 when the armed civilians from the local Territorial Defense ambushed an Ukrainian military convoy of 2 cars, 2 MAZ-6317 trucks and 1 tank of the 101st Separate Security Brigade (the B-0331military unit) of the General Staff near the Beresteyskaya metro station. Also in a panic they blew up the Beresteyskiy viaduct.

Ukrainian servicemen walk by a damaged vehicle, at the site of a fighting with Russian troops, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2022. Valentyn Ogirenko | Reuters

In addition to Ukrainian militaries shooting at each other, there were also tragedies, such as the shooting of an entire family with civilians and 3 ambulances in Kiev as well as an Israeli citizen Roman Brodsky killed by the drunk Ukrainian armed civilians at the road check-post.

Ukrainian sources reported a total of about 100 soldiers including fighters from the 72nd separate mechanized brigade died as a result of the “friendly fire” by the Territirial Defenders.

Both, Yulia Paliychuk – Speaker of the ruling Servant of the People fraction as well as David Arahamiya – Head of the Servant of the People fraction confirmed these “frendly fire” episodes.Киевляне по ошибке расстреляли украинских солдатКиевляне по ошибке расстреляли украинских солдатSergei Bondar, a fighter of the Harpoon battalion of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Head of the Municipal Guard in Goloseevo neighborhood and the leader of a representative of ultra-right views widely known in the nationalist crowd in Kyiv, also confirmed the stated above and described many addition “friendly fired” events caused a lot of killed and wounded Ukrainian militaries as well as civilians.

Actor, showman and TV presenter Vladimir Zelensky baptized his youngest son Cyril in the ancient Elias Church, 20.05.2013.

It seems that rumors of mystical assassination attempts are apparently part of a PR campaign to save the president’s image against the backdrop of the described failures. Just like a PR campaign about Jewishness of the pseudo-Jewish President Zelensky, ignoring the fact of the baptism of his children and replacing his grandfather’s Jewish documents with Ukrainian ones in 1942, thanks to which Zelensky’s career flourished even uder conditions of  the anti-Semitic Soviet Ukraine as well as the Jewish roles played by the further President Zelensky in his own anti-Semitic shows for the amusement of the Ukrainian public. And Zelensky’s Kvartal 95 studio is a subsidiary of the Kolomoisky media group.

 

Israeli reports of damage to civilian infrastructure in Kyiv:

Killed by damage to residential buildings in Kiev; Zelensky to the Russians: “Surrender and you can live”….”, – YNET, 15.03.22.

The Russians are also indiscriminately attacking civilian centers, do you think this is due to Russian frustration that it did not go as smoothly as they thought it would?”, – by Atilla Shumpali, YNET, 06.03.22

A missile on a trolleybus, bodies in the streets: special documentation from Kiev and the nearby city that was destroyed. At 5 a.m. parts of a missile intercepted crashed into buildings in the Obolon neighborhood of Kiev, 5 hours later a missile apparently fired by the Russians from Irpin directly hit a tram and taxi. Ronen Bergman reports from Obolon, together with the photographer Arik Marmor, who spent a week in Irpin, and says: “They are shooting insanely here, and there is no Iron Dome. Everything is on fire., – by Ronen Bergman, YNET, 14.03.22.

The author is familiar with every inch of the shown places, and he also collected combat information about almost every damaged building, including the aforementioned buildings of Bogatyrskaya,20 in the Obolon region as well as Kyrylivska in the Kurenevka neighborhod. The details reported by Mr. Bergman, receiving on-line updates from infocenters controlled by the Ukrainian 72nd CIPSO, are slightly different from the unreported real ones which provide the whole picture behind the scene.

However, during the events described above, the Kyiv City Sate Administration says the following:

In comparison, the destruction to Gaza during the 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israel in May 2021 was heavy and widespread, with damage afflicting hundreds of buildings and dozens of roads, an initial United Nations analysis shows:

“According to the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, since the start of the escalation until 12:00 yesterday, 258 buildings, comprising 1,042 housing and commercial units, had been destroyed. In addition, 769 units had been severely damaged, and rendered uninhabitable. An additional 14,536 units had suffered minor damage.”, – by OCHA, May 21.2021.

Сontrary to the Geneva Convention, but similarly to Hamas and Hezbollah, the Armed Forces of Ukraine often use residential areas and people as a shield, placing heavy weapons right in the courtyards of houses, inside shopping centers, near schools and kindergartens.

Residential buildings are only an additional factor in reducing the effectiveness of air defense. The urban density is an insurmountable obstacle to the radar method of target detection, which becomes possible only either in the air eshelon above buildings, or in the gaps between them as well as multy-store buildings themselves are also a barrier to air defense missiles (SAM’s). As it is shown below, apparently Soviet-made SAM Buk-M1 hit a residential building (Lobanovsky Ave.) while trying to resist the Russian Suppression and Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD/DEAD) operation prior the failed landing of troops at Zhuliany airport.

(See the next Part III)

About the Author
Alexander Portnoy holds an MSc EE degree being an internationally experienced (40+) expert in Military and Mission Critical sectors as well as currently is an OSINT Analyst in Geopolitical and Military affairs focusing on Russia and China including their participation in the Great Power Competition in the Middle East as well as advising the Israeli Intelligence Community, Knesset Lawmakers and War Reporters.
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