As with dozens of annexions, Russia's propaganda machine is making up any story that makes the case for intervention and, ultimately, civil war in Ukraine.
That this is so inept doesn't make it any less scary.
Despite the vast amounts Russia is spending on anti-Ukrainian propaganda, the TV channels Rossiya 1 and NTV skimped on actors – and got caught. Rossiya 1 shows a person it calls Andrei Petkov and call him a supporter of federalism who was beaten up by “radicals” from Right Sector supposedly brought into Mykolayiv by the military. NTV shows the same man and even adds a caption with the same name, yet it has a quite different story, Petkov, they claim, was certainly injured, but is himself a “mercenary” who has made a “sensational confession” – that he, a resident of Germany brought 50 people, “all residents of Western Europe” to Ukraine to carry out violent acts.