Russia Launches New Media Outlet, Gets Off To Horrible Flying Start

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Russia launched a new media brand earlier this week, entitled Sputnik, to counter what it calls "aggressive propaganda promoting a unipolar world." And it started off with a bang, publishing an article on November 10, 2014, entitled "US Lacks Proof of Military Convoys in Donetsk Belonging to Russia."

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Pictured above are Russian tanks driving through Donetsk, Ukraine on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Sputnik's elder sibling, Russia Today (also known as RT) is also known for a decrepit relationship with the truth, and suffered a string of personnel losses in the wake of the launch of the Russian-backed rebellion in Ukraine.

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Russian troops launched their invasion of Ukraine back in March, when Russia first annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. At the time, Russia completely denied that its soldiers were running amok on Ukrainian soil, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

Eventually, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the "little green men" in the peninsula were Russian soldiers. Two days after that, the "little green men" popped up in Eastern Ukraine. Since then, Russian soldiers and local hooligans rebels have been relentlessly conducting a war of attrition against the central Ukrainian government, killing thousands. And that's not even including the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by the rebels, which Russian outlets helpfully heaped wild conspiracy theories upon.

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So it should come as no surprise that another state-owned Russian propaganda outfit is attempting to snipe at Western governments, rather than trying to report out any actual events.

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But maybe it's not so bad? We'll at least get to see Canada make fun of Russia for a little while longer, and that's always neat.

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My guess is this is more aimed at Internal Russia, and not really trying to convince anyone outside of Russia with a 3rd grade education or higher. Like most other petty two bit tyrants, your going to be more concerned about your own people then other countries.