February 16 was the day the United States became the subject of Russian ridicule by Kremlin government officials after a botched prediction of a Russian invasion. It can be remembered that US intelligence reports said that the Russians would start advancing into Ukraine on February 16, starting the invasion and possibly World War III along with it.
The world took to their phones and television screens to await if an invasion was going to happen, till the day ended with no significant movement being reported from the border. No invasion happened that day, instead, Moscow took to social media to ridicule the administration for spreading disinformation.
Russian foreign ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, who seems to enjoy ridiculing western media in the past, wrote on Facebook that “February 15, 2022, will go down in history as the day of the failure of western war propaganda. Humiliated and destroyed without firing a shot.”
Zakharova, who accused American and British media of spreading disinformation in the past, took a jab at some of their journalism skills, saying, “I’d like to request US and British disinformation: Bloomberg, The New York Times, and The Sun media outlets to publish the schedule for Russia’s upcoming invasions of Ukraine for the current year. I’d like to plan my vacation.”
Other Russian officials also took their shots at the U.S. and Western media outlets carrying the prediction of a war beginning on February 16th, with the Russian Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov glibly stating that “Wars in Europe rarely start on a Wednesday” while accusing the West of slander. Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also fired shots at the West after no invasion happened, stating that the information spread by Western media is just plain hysteria.
“Western hysteria is still far from its culmination. We need to have patience, as the remission will not come quickly,” the spokesperson explained.