Yesterday, in the late hours of Tuesday, August 27, Strana published an article titled “Drunk, greedy and lazy. An American colonel called the Ukrainian military the main issue at the Yavoriv Training Center,” which allegedly referred to the blog of U.S. Army Colonel Robert Tracy, chief of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine (JMTG-U), revealing terrible and unpleasant details about the Ukrainian military.
Of course, shock was the initial reaction to the report on intoxication issues in the ranks of the Armed Forces, laziness and terrifying corruption. But this report is aimed at unprepared, average readers, often too lazy to double-check the data absorbed, but if should just dig a little deeper…
Firstly, the blog by “Lieutenant Colonel Casey” is overloaded with clear narratives that Russian propaganda has been channeling since 2014 through both its internal and external informational platforms, affiliated with Moscow. At the same time, the text published in the blog is full of phrases typical for the Russian language, literally translated into English… Who knows, maybe this is just a consequence of Casey’s prolonged stay among the Slavs? But the real reason is as follows
According to information available about the “lieutenant colonel’s” blog, it was created in August 2019, and before a yesterday’s repost by Strana.UA, it had only a couple of visitors.
That is, it turns out that a blog recently created on a platform, which is now widespread in Ukraine, suddenly attracts attention of Strana’s “journalists” (perhaps they were those very few visitors who checked out the blog). Without any verification of the blog’s authenticity and its affiliation with an actual person, Strana moves to repost the piece. Seriously!?
Anyway, here’s what we call a classic information operation, aimed at discrediting the Ukrainian military. . . . .
Still, it’d be great if the Lieutenant Colonel commented on this publicly and put the matter to rest.