The world is watching as Russia wages war on Ukraine. But Russian state media is telling a different story. State-owned media organizations follow a narrative that President Vladimir Putin laid out on the morning of the invasion.
A “special operation” to “liberate” Ukraine is a cornerstone of the narrative. Another is Russia’s claim that its actions are pacifism. According to Russia, the US and NATO are threatening peace.
World War II “Nazi” references and anti-Western rhetoric are key ingredients fueling what some call the Russian propaganda machine.
But there are signs the engine is stuttering.