Even before the build-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Government and its military leaders were already spewing out disinformation and propaganda. Their propaganda talks about how modern and advanced their military was in terms of troop skills, weapons, research and development, military vehicles, armored carriers, tanks, and of course, their nuclear program. When their invasion of Ukraine came, most of the world’s military analysts were shocked to see that the Russian forces had been doing so terrible to the point that many questioned the actual veracity of the intel coming out of Russia.
So, did the world get duped regarding Russia’s actual military power? More so, did Russia believe their own disinformation that they threw into the world?
The Western Reception of the Russian Propaganda Machine
Did the world fall for the whole Russian propaganda? In simple terms, yes, it did. More so, US intel did.
Remember when the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley told lawmakers and Americans that Ukraine could fall within 72 hours if the Russians were to invade it? He claimed these on February 2 and 3 when Milley attended closed-door meetings with some lawmakers and said that some 15,000 Ukrainian troops would die, with Russia garnering some 4,000 dead troops.