For almost a week, the issue has been pulsating in media space of the two Ukrainian Il-76TD cargo aircraft destroyed in Libya. The issue, which Russian and pro-Russian media hoped to use in their plot to discredit Ukraine, never met their expectations, crumbling to pieces from the very start.
Nevertheless, the Kremlin’s talking heads and affiliated media platforms in recent days never stopped plainly following their manuals and pushing certain narratives, altering the main message from "Ukrainian IL-76TDs destroyed in Libya", to "Ukrainian Il-76TDs carrying weapons destroyed (or "shot down”, which sounds especially paradoxical) in Libya", with periodical emphasis put on the "smuggled weapons" or "aircraft engaged in arms smuggling".
Today, the third phase of the story's development (or better say "degradation" began, namely, the narrative was launched, claiming that Ukraine may be facing sanctions (sometimes, titles of such reports are exaggerated by words like "inevitable") over arms shipments in Libya.( Collapse )