Re: Russian Defense Ministry
Why would any reputable publication cite those disgraced liars from Russian Defense Ministry?
Because "our own" MOD's are actually not that much more competent nor more truthful in general!?
Just, for one example, read up on the hole hokum about those magical "precision guided weapons" and "targeted drone strikes" - what we have is billions of taxpayers money going down the drain every year on technological complexity and embarrassing cover-ups to achieve pretty much the same ratio between "collateral damage" vs "bad people" as the Dresden Bombings did with far simpler means - apart from all those terrorists that we create by our bungling stupidity with lethal force.
It just goes on and on with "us", right until we run out of money to feed the migrants we create with our "regime changing" - Russia at least did not do anything similarly stupid for decades after their Afghanistan fiasco, while we carried right on with Afghanistan, Iraq War 2 and then Libya and then Syria (probably), having learned nothing from all the preceding disasters.
So, with such an impressive track record of incompetence and doubling down on failure - why should we take "our own side" more seriously?
In my opinion it is only "our own" dysfunctions that are making Putin look competent and the Russian authorities truthful, but, it is working.
If our leadership were not such clowns as they indeed are, they would worry more about that.