Both the Ukrainian and Russian governments are well aware that the current conflict is unpopular among their citizens, and they are taking steps to discourage civilians from speaking out against it.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia, for example, signed a law earlier this month that mandates prison sentences of up to 15 years for anyone found guilty of disseminating “false news” about the military – and, of course, “false news” will be defined arbitrarily by the Russian government, even if the information is 100% accurate.
Radio Free Europe provided additional details: “The Kremlin said it needed a “harsh” new law to tackle such reports due to the current ‘information war.’ The law and other aspects of the current Russian clampdown on independent domestic and international media outlets covering Moscow’s ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine have already prompted Russian and international closures and suspensions.”
The rule forced numerous major Western media businesses and broadcasters to halt operations in Russia, including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, and Germany’s ARD and ZDF. In addition, Russian censors have blacklisted a number of web-based channels, including RFE/RL and the BBC, for allegedly disseminating “false” information.
Furthermore, according to Radio Free Europe, the Russian media agency Roskomnadzor has blocked social media platforms, including, most recently, Facebook.
The group told media outlets around the country that they may only publish information spoon-fed to them by the Russian government and its different regional entities. The regulation also prohibits referring to Moscow’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine as an “invasion” or an “act of war,” instead referring to them as “special military operations.”
Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s regime in Ukraine is cracking down on the country’s citizens.“Zelensky signed a proclamation saying that ‘cooperation with the aggressor state,’ which includes pro-Russian sentiments, might result in up to 15 years in prison,” according to Big League Politics.
“First Deputy Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Kornienko even wants over 20 ‘unpatriotic’ members of Parliament who have been forced to flee the country jailed for having pro-Russian views,” the outlet added.
Some argue that the conflict in Ukraine is merely a proxy war between nationalists battling for sovereignty and globalists seeking to construct a tiered world system under their control.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan, for example, wrote a lengthy op-ed for LifeSiteNews in which he explains why he believes the Russia/Ukraine crisis is a globalist scheme to “create the tyranny of the new world order.”
Vigano wrote: “If we look at what is happening in Ukraine, without being misled by the gross falsifications of the mainstream media, we realize that respect for each other’s rights has been completely ignored; indeed, we have the impression that the Biden Administration, NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] and the European Union deliberately want to maintain a situation of obvious imbalance, precisely to make impossible any attempt at a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, provoking the Russian Federation to trigger a conflict.
“Herein lies the seriousness of the problem. This is the trap set for both Russia and Ukraine, using both of them to enable the globalist elite to carry out its criminal plan. It is dismaying to see with what hypocrisy the European Union and the United States – Brussels and Washington – are giving their unconditional support to President Zelensky, whose government for eight years now has continued to persecute Russian-speaking Ukrainians with impunity, for whom it is even forbidden to speak in their own language, in a nation that includes numerous ethnic groups, of which those who speak Russian represent 17.2 percent.
“And it is scandalous that they are silent about the use of civilians as human shields by the Ukrainian army, which places anti-aircraft positions inside population centers, hospitals, schools and kindergartens precisely so that their destruction can cause deaths among the population.”
Unless you’re from Ukraine, it’s impossible to know what’s actually going on and what’s at stake.