Day 135 Roundup: At Least 9 Civilians Killed as Ukraine Official Warns of Humanitarian Disaster in Severodonetsk

    Day 135 Roundup: At Least 9 Civilians Killed as Ukraine Official Warns of Humanitarian Disaster in Severodonetsk
    Photo: Reuters [via CNN]

    The Facts

    • At least nine civilians have been killed and more than 26 injured by Russian shelling in the last 24 hrs, local officials said on Friday. Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, said six civilians were killed and 21 were injured in Kramatorsk, Slovyansk, Avdiivka, Siversk, Pokrovske, and Orlivka. The remaining casualties reportedly occurred in Kharkiv.

    • Meanwhile, Serhiy Gaidai, Ukraine's governor for Luhansk – a region now fully occupied by Russian forces – warned that Severodonetsk faces a humanitarian disaster as there is no water, gas or electricity in the city. Furthermore, he claimed that 80% of the buildings have been destroyed.


    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    This invasion is an egregious violation of international law. Putin's ultimate aim is to restore the Soviet empire, even if it takes massive bloodshed and false pretexts such as calling the 2014 Ukrainian revolution after a fraudulent election a "coup". This unprovoked attack is the latest chapter in Putin's Orwellian attempt to rewrite history.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    NATO and the US have ignored Russia's security concerns by breaking its promise not to expand eastward in return for German reunification. These concerns are legitimate and taking them seriously would have avoided the Ukraine tragedy.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Vladimir Putin will be charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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