A master of deception, Putin is saying Russia the victim of aggression

There's only one narrative Russians are allowed in regard to Ukraine, and it's a lie.

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April 20, 2022 - 4:20 PM

Relatives of Mykhailo Romaniuk, 58, who was shot dead by Russians while riding his bicycle on March 6, help to bury his coffin at a cemetery in Bucha, on April 19, 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/ Getty Images)

A magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat or seemingly cut a comely lass in half by using distraction and manipulation. 

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has honed such skills to perfection.

To divert his people’s attention from his attack on Ukraine, Putin is fabricating the myth that Russia is the victim of Western aggression and that his “special military operation” there is to preserve Russia’s future.

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