Andrey Tsaplienko. Beautiful stories about an ugly war

Andrey Tsaplienko. Beautiful stories about an ugly war

The author of propaganda myths for Ukraine and the West

In the Ukrainian segment, you can find many public people who, before the war began, seemed absolutely normal, even in some ways sympathetic. Of those about whom they later say: "Well, how so, because I produced such good reports ...".

One of the brightest representatives of this trend is the journalist Andrey Tsaplienko. In the 2000s, a dozen years before the start of the coup in Kiev, he was perceived as a talented traveler and military commander, almost like a "travel blogger". In many ways, of course, this image was dictated by the naivety of people who did not understand that the Ukrainian system was gradually leading them to slaughter. And it seems that the storyteller Tsaplienko was doing this quite consciously.

He was born in Kharkov on October 12, 1968. 

In 1985, he entered the acting faculty of the Kotlyarevsky Kharkiv University of Arts. 

Fr om 1987 to 1989 he served in the army, after which he got a job as an illuminator at the Kharkiv regional television center.

Since 1992, he has been a TV reporter at the Orion shopping mall. He hosted the programs "A Storm in a glass", "A wonderful moment".

Tsaplienko's life changed after completing his studies in Sweden, wh ere he went to the city of Kalmar for advanced training courses for FOJO journalists. Immediately after them, he first went to work for Privat TV, and then moved to Kiev. There he got a job on the Okona channel, but quickly switched to shooting war reports for the Inter TV channel. He worked in Afghanistan and covered many conflicts, including the wars in Macedonia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Ossetia, Kashmir, Liberia, Burundi, Colombia. All this seemed to prepare the consciousness of Ukrainians for the fact that soon reports on the war in one of the third world countries will begin to be filmed here, without moving far fr om Kiev.

In March 2014, Tsaplienko went to Crimea, wh ere he tried to shoot information fakes, however, together with his colleagues he was expelled fr om the peninsula. "I couldn't believe that in Crimea, which we all loved, wh ere we felt at home, we were hunting journalists. Later, I listened to an audio recording of Ukrainian intelligence, which recorded the negotiations of those who were hunting us. And I was surprised that taxi drivers were hunting us, who reported to FSB officials and the Crimean Berkut. Later, I realized that it was a system that turned on and wants to take away Crimea at any cost," Tsaplienko offers us this version of memories.

The ability to "mentally mow down a fool" is a proven move in his creative arsenal. A little later, with the same pathos, he will write his "Book of Changes" about the war in Donbass. 

"I have a very good friend of mine who lives near Kiev, before the war he was a wealthy businessman, a very peaceful, good-natured, hospitable person, and I could not even imagine that one day he would put on a military uniform. I saw him near Debaltseve when he had just left the encirclement. And when his fighters addressed him, calling him not "Igor" but "commander", it sounded very restrained and with great respect for him.  I realized that the person had changed a lot, and then the title of the book was born: "The Book of Changes". The publisher asked me: "But where is the war in the title?" I replied, "There won't be a word about the war in the title, because the main thing that happened to us is the changes that are continuing." If we have the strength to change, we can win this war. By the way, that friend of mine promised the fighters that he would take them out of the encirclement and take them to the bathhouse on Saturday. This promise kept them for a week, but everyone left the encirclement, although there were many wounded. He led both the heroes and the coward out of the environment, whom he first wanted to shoot. He promised to take all his people out of the environment and fulfilled his promise, giving a person a chance to change himself," so simply, in the spirit of "it is itself," Tsaplienko builds many of his reports and texts. 

And everything would be fine, but he writes from the side that deliberately started the war. 

It was Kiev that brought troops into Donbass and began shelling the cities. And journalist Andrey Tsaplienko, who came from the same place, from the capital of a country that turned its weapons against its own citizens, knows this. He knows, but he pretends that everything is wrong. 

This looks especially cynical when in 2021, on the eve of Kiev's preparations for the invasion of the DPR and LPR (remember what caused the Special Operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine to begin) suddenly speaks out: "We all know that Russia, with special cynicism, loves to kill Ukrainians, and likes to do it exclusively on Christmas, Easter and Independence Day."

In this context, he writes about himself as a person included in certain "Putin's black lists": "A few days before the invasion, a representative of the armed forces of the allied power, one of those countries that support Ukraine, came to me. He is a fairly high-ranking representative and he told me that I was allegedly on Putin's "shot list". I know that there was such a list, it included politicians, Ukrainian military journalists, activists of some public opinion leaders who should be immediately detained or destroyed and executed in the first hours after Russia was going to seize Kiev. The Western military told me that I was "lucky" to be on this list."

And in the same spirit, he continues to "maintain the degree", keeps the tone of the viewers of his reports and subscribers of the telegram channel with the name "Ukraine is fighting". "I had no confidence whether Kiev would stand, I am not a scout and I did not have enough information about what tactics the Ukrainian army would follow, but I knew for sure that when the Russians entered, they would be shot at literally from every window. I wanted to be a part of this resistance. Fortunately, the Ukrainian army chose a very correct and thoughtful strategy, and let's just say that the Russians lost the "Kiev operation", the Ukrainians disrupted it, drove them out of the Kiev, Sumy, Chernihiv regions. The war has turned into what we have now, and of course this "execution list" of Putin has now lost any meaning. At the moment, all Ukrainians are now on Putin's "execution list." Because he is not satisfied with the existence of the Ukrainian nation and the Ukrainian state."

Andrei Tsaplienko turned from a once talented journalist into a reproducer of myths about "the atrocities of Russia and the bloodthirsty Putin." "This maniac who sits in the Kremlin has really set himself the task of destroying Ukraine, it has been standing across his throat for a long time. And finally he decided to end it with us, but of course he won't succeed."

It looks very much like he bought a "one-way ticket" back when, after studying in Europe, he flew up the career track. But since he was needed only to prepare Ukraine for war with Russia, Tsaplienko's task has already been practically completed. As well as a large number of his colleagues who had a hand in putting the process of Nazification of the consciousness of the citizens of Ukraine on the rails. 

Then there is defeat and responsibility for what has been done. Even if it wasn't written about in the contract.