It is the war with the highest production value. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zilenskyy are engaged in a propaganda war. It is easy to see why many West Europeans have a Ukrainian flag on their social media profiles, from the clever production of videos about a fighter plane that never existed to the tale about the brave soldiers who died at Snake Island.
It was garbage wrapped around a little bit of truth, at best. There was also a parade of dignitaries from around the world visiting the war zone. It seemed carefree. Instead of her husband, Jill Biden was the First Lady. Boris Johnson, the former British Prime Minister, went instead. U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also went. Even Senators Lindsey Graham (R.S.C.) & Richard Blumenthal (D.Ct.) went on a bipartisan trip with Zelenskyy to take their photos. These photo ops will prove you were there. After making deeply concerning statements about a conflict, Graham and Blumenthal were presented with plaques.
🇺🇦 appreciates support of 🇺🇸. Today, during the trip to Kyiv, US Senators @LindseyGrahamSC & @SenBlumenthal visited the exhibition of destroyed 🇷🇺 military equipment-war crimes evidence of 🇷🇺. In the result they stated: russia should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism! pic.twitter.com/XsJchlYRxz
— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) July 7, 2022
Vogue recently published a glowing spread featuring Olena Volodymyrivna Zilenska, Ukraine’s First Lady. This spread follows glowing profiles in other publications like People, Today, and Parade. These outlets compiled their pieces using Zelenska’s career profile and public statements. Vogue sent an interview crew into a war zone.
Zalenska, like her husband, is from the entertainment industry. It looks like they were able to use their skills in character play and staging during the photoshoot. Zelenskyy is seen directing the shoot as well as staging what appears to be an aircraft that was shot down by Russian pilots. The video clips are just for fun. It is hard to imagine what mothers in Ukraine who watched their husbands fight the Russian Army will think of Zelenska’s dramatic hairstyles, make-up, and dramatic poses.
Send more money to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/e0ftjcW4HZ
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 27, 2022
In the cover photo, she’s putting on the mask of war.
“We have no doubt we will prevail.” As the war in Ukraine enters a critical new phase, the country’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, has become a key player—a frontline diplomat and the face of her nation’s emotional toll. https://t.co/DCXWYnzAsK pic.twitter.com/wcaY5IFGHf
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) July 26, 2022
America has spent tens to billions of dollars on Ukraine without any oversight as to how the money or equipment is being used. We don’t need to see glowing profiles of the wives of corrupt oligarchy presidents who happen to be fighting another corrupt one. The most important thing for Americans is a way to end the scuffle. It is more likely that there will be a major conflict between global power. This possibility is almost unsupported in the United States.
Vogue should have visited the military hospital if they wanted to profile him. Interview Zelenskyy’s wounded soldier, whose family is curious about his fate in the refugee camp in Poland. You can also visit the refugee camp. They could have spoken to a mother who had lost her son in battle. These people are not difficult to find. They are all around Ukraine. Although many Americans don’t like the idea of a conflict between left-wing globalists at the World Economic Forum and leftist nationalists in Russia, China, and Iran, fought through a proxy we feel immense empathy for regular Ukrainians caught up in the middle.
This isn’t the first instance of poor judgment by Vogue. Vogue published a glowing profile in 2011 of Asma an Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. It was called “A Rose in the Desert” and praised the couple for being “wildly democratic”, family-focused, and have vacationed in Europe. They also foster Christianity and are at ease with American celebrities. Vogue memory-holed the article but the internet is forever.
It is possible that this article may be similarly discarded by the outlet, depending on what the world discovers after the fact. This has been a beautifully produced conflict by Zelenskyy thus far. But war is hell. No matter how much one side may want to see warlords and martyrs, it is almost always the case that neither side emerges looking great.