Pic via Vitaly Kuzmin...
In case you don't know him, Vitaly Kuzmin is a well known photo journalist in Russia. He usually plays it straight and I haven't detected any "propaganda" in his work....he just get the info out (some of the best pics of the Armata MBT came from him).
So consider my surprise when I saw this on his page. His assessment of this?
I've always discounted the "human terrain" theory but I think we're seeing it at play here. For better or worse I believe we're being seen as totally inept in Russia and around the world.