The collapse of the “official narrative” might very well presage the coming collapse of Kiev’s forces in Donbass, which could in turn lead to the collapse of the remaining portions of the Ukrainian state. Zelensky finally realizes exactly what’s at stake and thus decided to not lie as much as he used to since this sequence of events is becoming increasingly impossible to deny.
The US-led Western Mainstream Media (MSM) can no longer lie that Kiev is winning on the Eastern Ukrainian front after its own officials surprisingly admitted that this isn’t the case. The US government-controlled Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) reported on Wednesday that none other than Zelensky himself acknowledged that the situation there is “extremely difficult” and his senior advisor Arestovich lamented that Russia’s military “is having some tactical success, which is threatening to become an operational success in the direction of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk.”
This was followed on Thursday by Newsweek headlining a piece titled “Russia Gains Upper Hand as Ukraine Military Admits ‘Difficult’ Situation” that cited a member of its General Staff. Arestovich also made another appearance, this time being quoted as acknowledging that Russia “managed to accumulate reserves before we did”, which scuttled the earlier fake news infowar narrative alleging that its armed forces were practically depleted after allegedly losing a whopping one-third of their total servicemen throughout the course of Moscow’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine.
Zelensky’s senior advisor also reportedly said that “the situation at the front will worsen, encirclements are possible”. This follows an ABC news reporter quoting one of Zelensky’s spokesmen the day earlier who admitted that Russia has outnumbered Kiev’s forces by 7:1 ratio. It’s therefore clear that the “official narrative” about the Ukrainian Conflict has shifted from one of so-called “victory porn” and fantasizing about “punishing Russia” to a palatable panic as it becomes obvious that all the prior fake news is now on the brink of being categorically debunked by on-the-ground developments in Donbass.
The second phase of Russia’s special operation can thus be described as a smashing success since it crushed Kiev’s forces and accordingly exposed everything that it claimed up until this point about “winning” as having been nothing but fake news. Zelensky can no longer lie through his teeth during every public appearance that one of CNN’s US intel sources rightly described as an “information operation”, and therefore pure propaganda, since it’s no longer believable. He’s now forced to shift the “official narrative” closer to the truth in order to generate a sense of urgency across the world.
The purpose behind doing so is to expedite the dispatch of foreign military aid to his forces amidst concerns that some of Kiev’s US-led Western allies like Germany are dragging their feet while others are suggesting the need for him to concede territory to Russia. The last-mentioned development prompted him to hypocritically compare Russia to the Nazis despite hitherto mocking Moscow’s comparison of the current conflict to World War II. Arestovich, meanwhile, completely lost his cool and was triggered into cussing out those who are whispering about that scenario.
All of this suggests that neither the US’ $40 billion worth of military aid to Kiev nor the strategic depth that it achieved by training its forces on NATO territory are the “game-changer” that some Alt-Media analysts predicted that it would be, at least not when it comes to the Battle for Donbass. If that was truly the case, then Zelensky and his clique wouldn’t be visibly panicking to the point of exposing their prior “official narrative” about Kiev winning as nothing but fake news and overreacting in such an obviously self-defensive way towards pragmatic suggestions of ceding territory to Russia.
For as badly as they’re freaking out right now, they’re literally unable to expedite the dispatch of foreign military aid to their forces since this is proceeding at its own pace independent of Zelensky and others’ rants. All that they can do is pressure their peers and hope that foreign civil society will complement their efforts from the bottom-up to ensure even more military aid across the coming weeks in a desperate last-ditch bid to prevent the Russian Armed Forces (RAF) from achieving a major breakthrough towards the Dnieper and possibly even beyond.
That might already be a fait accompli though if Kiev’s best forces in the country soon become encircled and are therefore militarily neutralized. The only thing that would then slow down the pace of Russia’s military advance would be Kiev’s militarization of residential areas that’s the reason why progress has thus far been slow but steady over the past three months. If the rest of Kiev’s forces are in full retreat, however, then they might chaotically scamper towards the Dnieper without wanting to risk their lives en route to there just to slow down the RAF after already proving unable to hold them back in Donbass.
In such a scenario, the expedited foreign military aid that Zelensky and his clique so desperately want as soon as possible might then only be useful for holding the RAF back from crossing the Dnieper in Eastern Ukraine and attempting to contain their beachhead in Southern Ukraine north of Kherson. Depending on how far and fast Russia advances towards that river following a potential military breakthrough in Donbass, the very existence of Lenin’s unnatural mini-empire might literally be at stake, in which case the East and South might reunify with Russia while the West could formally confederate with Poland.
It can’t be known for sure that this will certainly come to pass, but just that it’s an increasingly credible scenario if one reads between the lines of Zelensky and company’s newfound panic about the military situation along the Eastern Ukrainian front. The “hero propaganda” surrounding the Snake Island psy-op and the “Ghost of Kiev” was also debunked by none other than their own hand so their forces no longer have any inspiration to fight the RAF until the very end, especially not after the humiliating surrender of the Azov Battalion in Mariupol’s Azovstal after previously pledging to fight to the death.
The collapse of the “official narrative” might very well presage the coming collapse of Kiev’s forces in Donbass, which could in turn lead to the collapse of the remaining portions of the Ukrainian state. Zelensky finally realizes exactly what’s at stake and thus decided to not lie as much as he used to since this sequence of events is becoming increasingly impossible to deny. He and his clique’s panic over the situation on the Eastern Ukrainian front is meant to expedite the dispatch of foreign military aid, not to give them an edge in the Battle for Donbass, but most likely to defend everything west of the Dnieper.