I am writing in response to the full-page ad in support of Donald Trump’s re-election (September 20). The ad’s claims mirror those repeated by the late Stephen F. Cohen and other political “realists,” overstating the role that America had in instigating the war in the Donbas. They’re also often quoted by Russian propaganda, or hard-line ideological allies of Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Nicolas Maduro, and others.
Something about the ad was fishy, so I decided to investigate, starting with the image of the ruined church. It turns out that’s a Russian Orthodox monastery destroyed by Ukrainian “Cyborgs” in 2014.