Noone would believe them.
Its very unlikely that in the middle of so hard war for them, they would spent one of the few shipyards to build shuttles.
If they say so its only for damage control purposes and mere attempt to turn failure to achievement.
At war the main goal is to hit enemy infrastructure, because ships r replaceable with production facilities, without - problem. Capital shipyards gone - bad for BOD, less ships to produce, more isk to spent. Was the loss of coalition worth it? YES! The one who will loose in this war wouldn't be the one who lost more ships, but one who can't replace them. BOD on its way to this.