We've also heard from the MH17 trial that Russian propaganda is very badly made and easily refuted by science. The only reason they've got this far in geopolitics is their ruthlessness in using deadly weapons.
At the same time as this tragedy that killed 298 civilians, Russian state TV was telling Russians that Ukraine had been overrun by fascists who were committing a genocide of Russian speakers. If you had watched Russian TV in 2014 you would have been staggered at how crude it was.
They falsely claimed that Ukrainians had crucified a young boy and that a far-right leader had left his business card at the scene of a shooting.
One Russian TV report immediately after MH17 was shot down claimed that the plane was full of dead bodies of the passengers of the other Malaysian Airlines flight that went missing.
And Russia's last resort argument: it's Ukraine's fault for not closing their air space when we were firing off Buks at random planes.

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