(news.com.au) It’s been 18 months since Russian President Putin launched an attack on Eastern Ukraine, using the idea of “separatist forces” as cover for a Russian invasion.
Seeing the war and its impact first-hand has made one thing very clear: this is not some pseudo-civil war. It’s a war between Ukraine and Russian forces. Putin’s line that the war is being fought by disgruntled miners and farmers taking arms against their own government in Kiev would be laughable if it wasn’t so deadly.
Putin’s propaganda and denials of involvement in the war might not be fooling anyone, with overwhelming evidence that Russia is sending soldiers and equipment to Ukraine, but it does seem to have influenced public perception of the war internationally. […]
Olexiy Haran, Professor of politics from Kiev-Mohyla University in Ukraine, has watched Ukraine go through three revolutions: its 1991 succession from the Soviet Union, the 2004 Orange Revolution and last year’s Euromaidan. He says Putin’s denials are “typical Soviet propaganda.”