Your window glass is rattling, you can see flashes of light breaking through the dead of night. Air raid sirens shake your district’s streets. Your neighbors pace in their apartments next-door, too, in panic and fear, having no idea what’s going on.
The Russian air forces and missiles are destroying Ukraine’s key defense infrastructure to pave the way for armored hordes on the ground. It’s a war. It is happening. And many of us here in Ukraine now might have this nightmare come true at any moment.
The war crisis between Russia and Ukraine goes on with no tangible signs of de-escalation, as over 100,000 Russian troops still surround Ukraine in what can result in an all-out invasion.
Even though it’s been weeks in this crisis, nobody knows if the worst is to happen. If, though, Russia decides to make the biggest mistake in its modern history and try and seize much (or all) of Ukraine, what would such an operation look like?
The first shots would likely be fired in the media space. A big and blood-littered war against a country of more than 40 million and the size of France would require a loud casus belli. The Kremlin, via its state-sponsored propaganda mouthpieces, would start with a major disinformation barrage, with lots of hysteria being spread aggressively.