A different take:https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/03/propaganda-does-not-ch…
Propaganda Does Not Change The War - The Ukraine Is Still Losing - Updated
At the link there is a plan of the Ukraine situation-courtesy of the French Ministry of Defence.
The U.S. has tried* to use yesterday’s NATO and G-7 meeting to push the Europeans towards sanctioning Russian hydrocarbon exports. It also tried to attach China to Russia and to get the Europeans to sanction its biggest trading partner. Both attempts failed. There will be no additional sanctions on Russia.
The only thing NATO agreed on is the release of a new load of fresh propaganda.
NATO: 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops dead in Ukraine - AP
As one anonymous Pentagon officer said about the NATO number:
“We continue to have low confidence in those estimates”
Western corporate media, depending almost exclusively on Ukrainian sources, report that Russia is losing the war, with its military offensive “stalled,” and in frustration has deliberately targeted civilians and flattened cities.
Biden has bought into this part of the story, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal.” He has also said that Russia is planning a “false flag” chemical attack to pin on Ukraine.
But on Tuesday, the Pentagon took the bold step of leaking two stories to reporters that contradict those tales. “Russia’s conduct in the brutal war tells a different story than the widely accepted view that Vladimir Putin is intent on demolishing Ukraine and inflicting maximum civilian damage—and it reveals the Russian leader’s strategic balancing act,” reported Newsweek** in an article entitled, “Putin’s Bombers Could Devastate Ukraine But He’s Holding Back. Here’s Why.”
The piece quotes an unnamed analyst at the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) saying, “The heart of Kyiv has barely been touched. And almost all of the long-range strikes have been aimed at military targets.”
A retired U.S. Air Force officer now working as an analyst for a Pentagon contractor, added: “We need to understand Russia’s actual conduct. If we merely convince ourselves that Russia is bombing indiscriminately, or [that] it is failing to inflict more harm because its personnel are not up to the task or because it is technically inept, then we are not seeing the real conflict.”
Now I am clueless on what happening on the ground in the Ukraine. But conflicting opinion is coming from sources outside the Main Stream Media. I guess we will see what turns out to be the truth after the dust settle & the fog of war is gone.