According to eagle-eyed netizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently arranged a visit to a military hospital in Moscow to meet with wounded soldiers.
The Kremlin released a video a few days ago in which Putin can be seen at the Mandryk Central Military Clinical Hospital of the Russian Defense Ministry.
In the video, he can be seen talking to members of the Russian Armed Forces being treated after being injured in the special military operation, as well as medical staff at the hospital.
He told one of the Russian soldier’s sons that “he will be proud of his father”.
Netizens claimed to have recognized one of the “patients” at the military hospital from a previous event.
According to Adam Rang, a self-proclaimed “counter-propaganda” activist living in Estonia, pointed out that a wounded soldier looked like a factory worker Putin had met before.
He posted an entire Twitter thread of such incidents showing that this is a common tactic used by Russia.
Some people have their doubts. It’s inconclusive, but it appears to be the same person – and there’s certainly nothing new about Putin’s tactic. See below. There was even a 2007 rioter in Estonia who appeared as a protester in Ukraine’s Donbass in 2014. pic.twitter.com/i1HfjQ29CU
— Adam Rang 🇪🇪🇺🇦 (@adamrangpr) May 26, 2022
In response, another Twitter user commented, “That ‘factory worker’ and ‘wounded soldier’ that Putin keeps meeting also works for the FSB. He’s the Kremlin equivalent of Mrs Rabbit in Peppa Pig.
This “factory worker” and “wounded soldier” whom Putin keeps meeting also works for the FSB. He is the Kremlin equivalent of Mrs Rabbit in Peppa Pig. https://t.co/TH9Up3Dv2C
— JOE RICH #StandWithUkraine #SlavaUkraini (@joerichlaw) May 26, 2022
The United States and Britain have accused Russia of spreading disinformation online and manipulating public opinion over the war in Ukraine.
They vehemently rejected Russian claims that the West aims to control all information flows and define what is true or not.
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