Don't feed the Russian propaganda. Let it starve to death instead.
A part of every war is propaganda. No matter the war we would speak about, and no matter if the war itself is right or wrong. Each side engaged in a conflict is using this tool. The same goes for the war in Ukraine. The attacker is using it to put more steam into his endeavor. The defender grabs this tool from his toolbox to strengthen the defender's spirit.
Unfortunately sometimes the effect might be the opposite then desired. In 2022 Russian embassy in the UK pointed out something which would pump up the Russian soldiers. Ukrainian tanks were spotted with Balkenkreuz insignia painted on the hulls.
This clearly resembles the Germans in WWII, and the Great Patriotic War, as WWII is named in Russia, is still going strong there. It's a cult for them. One can not blame them for that, as the Russians have suffered a lot during this conflict. Painting Balkenkreuz on Ukrainian tanks is a bad idea. The above picture was from September 2022. I thought that this theme will be hidden deep under the carpet, but apparently, I was wrong. Here we are in May 2023 and s WSJ clip popped up in front of my eyes, and what can we see there? Balkenkreuz all over again.
Ukraine has its own traditions of painting crosses on vehicles and they, for instance, can be observed on the tanks and other military machines on the last parade before the war.
Why not use the red crosses on the tanks as it was done before the war? This is the Ukrainian tradition and heritage. Why not figure out some other quick identification insignia? If Ukraine has to paint the crosses at least don't paint it like a Balkenkreuz. The way they are painted on the reactive armor brick could be done differently, but someone has decided that it is done like it is done. The bottom line is that soon Leopard 2 tanks will be out in the wild. Imagine the scale of Russian propaganda with a destroyed or captured Leopard 2 tank with a Balkenkreuz painted by Ukrainians. They will beat this theme to death. Why feed the Russian propaganda? The golden rule on the Internet is to starve the troll. The same goes for propaganda. Don't feed the opponent.
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