I think it is too soon for jokes about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but if you must make jokes, this is a beauty:
"Russia does, however, have an army that has evidently recovered from its performance in Afghanistan. It seems to work more smoothly these days, combining military intelligence with striking power. It will try to use as little force as it can in the Ukraine, relying on local sympathizers and air power."
The Russian Army lost more soldiers in the first Month of the invasion of Ukraine than they did in 10 years in Afghanistan. It seems bumbling and incompetent, and is being comprehensively out-thought and out-fought by a smaller and poorer-armed Ukrainian force. It has few local sympathizers and its air power is so scared of Ukrainian SAMs that they stay out of Ukrainian controlled airspace.
Apart from that I agree with everything else you say, especially about the free flow of information in a free society. Dictatorships cannot allow the free flow of information, so their citizens are doomed to be poor, and lied to.