Ukraine reported earlier today that their troops had achieved a strike on Russian troops in the East, killing approximately 400 troops. This is a significant event for a variety of reasons. Unlike Russian war crimes, intentionally targeting civilians, this strike is nothing more than part of warfare. Putin doesn’t care either way but will leverage media to generate support at home for the war. This is why the US and other Ukrainian allies, NATO especially needs to get ahead of the Russian narrative.
Thank you, Paul, for another clear and well written essay. One particular phrase caught my attention, " Narrative, not just the rhetorical communications tool.." Your description of narrative as identity-based stories is clear to me, within the theory as I currently understand it, but I'm not sure how you conceptualise in contrast 'rhetorical communications tools.' Could you please expand a bit on your understanding of 'rhetorical communications tools'?