Reading the news on the war in Ukraine is like Exhibit No 1 on what we always knew but do not observe often: wartime propaganda.
- In Russian news, the only civilians killed are those shelled by UKR forces in Donbas. If RUS forces kill civilians, this is because they were used as a human shield.
- In Western news, the only civilians killed are those shelled by RUS forces in Ukraine. The UKR shelling is never mentioned.
- In Chinese news, neither shelling is given much attention. Both are treated as small new items, the way that the European media treat, for example, the war in Yemen.