Day 107 Roundup: 3 Foreigners Sentenced to Death; Putin Likens Himself to Peter the Great

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The Facts

  • Western officials have condemned the sentencing to death of two Britons and a Moroccan by pro-Russia officials in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The three pleaded guilty to charges of "seeking violent overthrow," terrorism and mercenary activities and will reportedly face a firing squad next month.

  • UK Foreign Sec. Liz Truss said: "I utterly condemn the sentencing ... by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine. They are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy." Truss spoke with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuelba on Fri. to "'discuss efforts to secure [their] release."


The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Making sure Ukraine continues to be well armed is the only way to fend off Putin and Russia in this unprovoked war of aggression. The US and NATO must not simply offer up their latest and most hi-tech weapons however; combat is about supply lines and the West must ensure basic equipment and ammunition are kept flowing as needed.

Establishment-critical narrative

Multi-billion dollar weapons packages will make little difference in the outcome of the war. The US has been meddling in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War, and what we're witnessing is a geopolitical ponzi scheme to benefit those aligned with the military-industrial complex. War is a lucrative racket.

Nerd narrative

There's a 52% chance that Vladimir Putin will be charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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