Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a televised address to the nation in Moscow in September. Photo: EPA-EFE
Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a televised address to the nation in Moscow in September. Photo: EPA-EFE
Ukraine war

Kremlin lets state media tell some truths about Putin’s stalling Ukraine war: ‘Our people aren’t stupid’

  • The policy shift towards allowing open criticism of the military comes amid fears that relentlessly upbeat propaganda was fuelling growing public doubts
  • After months of reporting virtually nothing but battlefield successes, state television has lately been cataloguing Russian retreats and defeats

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a televised address to the nation in Moscow in September. Photo: EPA-EFE
Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a televised address to the nation in Moscow in September. Photo: EPA-EFE
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