(RightWing.org) – In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin began a campaign to conquer Ukraine by occupying and “annexing” the Crimean peninsula and backing military separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (territories) effectively putting them under the dictator’s thumb. Besides bullets, missiles, and bombs, modern-day warfare includes propaganda blitzes aimed at citizens on either side of the conflict, some outlets controlled directly by the government and others independent, at least to some degree or another. It is one of the latter that has pulled a conservative American journalist into the fray.
Enemy of Ukraine
Kyiv-based website Myrotvorets (translates to Peacemakers) “reportedly maintains close ties to the [Ukrainian] security services,” according to the State Department’s 2022 Human Rights Report on the country. It continually updates a database of Wagner group mercenaries and others they deem to be “criminals” working contrary to the interests of their homeland.
The senior editor for the website Human Events, Jack Posobiec, finds himself listed as an enemy of Ukraine because, according to them, he is the “king of fake news [who is an] initiator of information special operations in favor of the Kremlin.” In response, the political commentator said, “[Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy’s biggest threat isn’t me… hope you don’t get put on the CIA’s ‘Early Retirement Plan’” and suggested that he should publish whatever information he might have on President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings with the previous regime and “we’ll find you a nice McMansion in Sarasota.”
There is no doubt that Posobiec’s narratives have often painted Ukraine and Zelenskyy in a less than favorable light, however, other conservative influencers have come to his defense while at the same time questioning Biden’s alleged double standards. Political activist and commentator Robbie Starbuck questioned why the current administration is spending so much money in support of Ukraine, “while they spit in our face” by putting Americans on hit lists.
In another example, Charlie Kirk brought up a video by a purported American who works as a government spokesperson for Ukraine’s military where they vowed that those who oppose Ukraine’s narrative would be hunted down and punished (read: killed). Senator JD Vance (R-OH) sent a letter addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines asking if this spokesperson “compensated using American resources?” among other issues.
Myrotvorets is commonly considered a hit list and includes at least one other prominent American, former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). The website accuses her of being “an accomplice in the crimes of the Russian authorities,” and alleges that she is “probably an agent of the Russian special services.”
This echoes a claim made by Hillary Clinton who accused Gabbard of being “a Russian asset” in 2019, during the party’s 2020 primary season. The Hawaiian sued the former First Lady for defamation, but the suit was eventually withdrawn in the interest of “defeating [President] Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here.”
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