Day 139 Roundup: Chasiv Yar Death Toll Rises to 43; Mykolaiv Comes Under Heavy Shelling

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    The Facts

    • As emergency service workers continue to sift through the rubble of a Russian strike on a building in Chasiv Yar on Sun., officials said 43 people, including one child, had now been confirmed killed as of Tues. evening and nine more were injured.

    • Meanwhile, the southern city of Mykolaiv, between Odesa and Kherson on the Black Sea, came under heavy Russian bombardment on Tues. morning, the region's mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych said. At least 12 were reportedly injured.

    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 is a 20% chance that Putin and Zelenskyy will meet to discuss the peaceful resolution of the Russian-Ukraine conflict before 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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