OpEdNews journalist Dave Lindorf questioned satellite imagery of “military equipment” that the USA called proof that Russian troops were in the Ukraine. He believes that they look like combine harvesters, rather than guns left in the middle of an open field. The American administration’s anti-Russian propaganda is trying to use these grainy black-and-white photographs as proof that Russian troops invaded the Ukraine. Lindorf noted that placing mobile artillery as allegedly shown in these pictures is illogical. It shows machinery lined up in the middle of a grain field, with trunks turned towards the Ukraine. They’re not under treecover, which makes them an easy target for attacks from the air or from counterbattery fire. In addition, one doesn’t see ammunition piled near the equipment, usually seen in pictures of military units, for example, as in the Israel Defence Forces deployed in the Gaza Strip. One reader from Texas, “a farm state”, suggested a possible logical explanation. They more resemble combines used to harvest crops. These harvesters have long, straight, gun-like pipes through which the harvested grain pours into trucks for transport. Most often, one sees them aligned in such a chain, which means that they’re not artillery. Lindorf said that you couldn’t say with absolute certainty that these pictures show Russian artillery. However, given the habit of Washington to lie about weapons of mass destruction and mobile plants to produce chemical weapons, it doesn’t give one confidence that there’s a “grain of truth” in the American statements.
11 September 2014