WSJ: Russia Using Mariupol for Propaganda

WSJ headline: Russia Destroyed Mariupol. Now It’s Using It for Propaganda.

Sub-headline: Ukrainian city saw some of the war’s worst fighting; ‘we should be glad they are supplying us with water?’…

At the Philharmonic Hall in Mariupol, Ukraine, the stage is almost set for a performance this fall casting Russia as liberator of the city it battered into submission three months ago.

Where the grand piano used to sit, metal cages have been installed to hold Ukrainian prisoners of war who defended the industrial port city, and now stand accused of its destruction by Mariupol’s new rulers.

“The hearings will take place in the main auditorium, and the war criminals will be led to it through an iron corridor,” a reporter from the propaganda arm of Russia’s military said in a recent broadcas