There was some query about how a lot inventory needs to be positioned within the movies launched by Russia. Moscow has a well-established historical past of attempting to brush miliary embarrassments below the rug, most notably throughout this conflict when the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet was sunk.
Even when its plans seem to work out, the Kremlin typically likes to keep up a shroud of thriller.
It has declared no involvement, for instance, when previous adversaries flip up poisoned in different nations. And extra lately, when the mercenary chief Yevgeny V. Prigozhin died after his aircraft exploded, President Vladimir V. Putin supplied a cryptic eulogy for a onetime ally who had briefly rebelled: He was a “proficient man,” he mentioned, with a “difficult destiny.”
Nonetheless, Ukraine, too, has made claims throughout the conflict which have turned out to be inaccurate or, no less than, unprovable. After the primary video purporting to point out Admiral Sokolov alive appeared in Russia, Ukrainian officers acknowledged that they could have made a mistake, however maintained that they nonetheless thought he was lifeless.
On Wednesday, Admiral Sokolov — or, no less than, a determine who resembled him — didn’t restrict himself to affairs army. A state-owned newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, printed an article saying that he had handed out an award that morning to the Black Sea Fleet’s soccer workforce.
There was proof suggesting that the award ceremony could, in reality, have been a restaging of an earlier occasion, presumably to buttress the notion that the admiral was nonetheless alive. He himself, in response to a query, says on the video that the ceremony had been postponed.
Aric Toler contributed reporting.
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