Day 49 Roundup: US Promises $800M more in Aid, Russia Accused of Genocide and Terrorism

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    The Facts

    • US Pres. Biden accused Putin of the internationally recognized crime of genocide on Tues., while speaking in Iowa. The legal process for determining whether genocide is occurring in Ukraine is still underway. Other leaders, like Polish Pres. Duda, followed suit Wed., and demanded international justice for Russian "terrorism."

    • The White House clarified on Wed. that Biden's comments don't reflect a change in US policy, although Biden promised an additional $800M in military assistance to Ukraine shortly afterwards.

    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

    According to the Metaculus prediction community, if a bilateral cease-fire agreement is reached between Russia and Ukraine this year, it won't take effect until July.

    Establishment split