“It will take a long time”: This is how Russia wants to win a war of nerves

Russian news agency RIA Novosti is always good for war texts. A few days ago, author Timofey Sergeytsey called for nothing less than the “annihilation” of Ukraine and did not shy away from calls for the mass murder of the “uninitiated”. Now Russia apparently expects the war to last longer than expected and is basing its hopes more on a “psychic” conflict than a military one: “Everyone is already aware that the military operation will take a long time. , says author Petr Akopov in his RIA Novosti opinion: “And it is very important to understand that the completion of one or more phases does not mean a departure from the ultimate goals.”

Russia relies on “strong mood swings, almost panic”

Therefore, the aim is to continue to provide a land bridge for Russia between the Romanian border via Crimea and Donbas and to politically divide Ukraine. Once the “south” of Ukraine is occupied, once all the ports are under the control of Russian troops, the rest of the country will give up on its own: “No amount of Western aid – financial or military – will be able to not only a political and economic shock, but also an emotional one – a sharp change of mood in the rest of the Ukrainian territory. So far, most there believe that Ukraine not only will survive, but also the lost territories from February 24 will be regained, but when it becomes clear that there is no chance of this and that everything will only get worse, there will be a sharp change in mood, almost panic .. “

Supposedly only “tactics” change.

The reason for such strange theses is the extremely contradictory information policy of the Kremlin, which constantly fluctuates between aggressive propaganda and vague offers for negotiations and, on top of that, constantly has to explain military obstacles. The fact that President Putin himself canceled the attack on a steel plant in Mariupol caused great confusion among the fanatics. And the sinking of the Black Sea Fleet ship weighed heavily on the mood.

“Everything else is unfinished work”

But Russia is not changing “strategy”, only “tactics”, said Petr Akopov, who extensively quoted Major General Rustam Minnekayev, commander of the Central Military District (TsVO) troops, who had spoken to arms contractors in the Urals. He had declared “full control over the Donbas and southern Ukraine” as the aim of the war and “the provision of a land corridor to Crimea and the impact on vital facilities of the Ukrainian armed forces, namely the Black Sea ports, through which agricultural and metallurgical as concrete stages are mentioned products delivered to other countries.

The Russian media, which is close to the Kremlin, is now adhering to the principle that what should not happen can not happen: “We have not the slightest chance of rejecting the goals,” said Akopov. “Everything else means unfinished work, which then still, but in much worse conditions, during a direct military confrontation with the West We do not need a corridor to Crimea (nor to Transnistria) – we need restoration of the unity of the Russian world, the reunification with Novorossiya and the return of Ukraine to its small Russian core, to its historic path, to its unification with Russia. ” The fact that all these Kremlin dreams will not be realized “immediately” is already part of the vocabulary of consolation for the seriously insecure and increasingly lethargic public.

This is how “Pravda” defines oppression

Sometimes Putin fans involuntarily slip into satire. For example, Pravda wrote that if there is a “second phase” of the attack, as Putin and his generals have now announced, there should logically be a “third” phase. Their goal may just be to end the “oppression of the Russian-speaking population” in southern Ukraine and Transnistria. According to “Pravda”, the standard for this is the ban on the propaganda sign “Z” and black and orange “St. George’s ribbon”.

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