Day 183 Roundup: Death Toll in Independence Day Attack Rises to 25; Zelenskyy Addresses UN Security Council

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The Facts

  • The aftermath of a Russian rocket attack that struck a railway station in the Dnipropetrovsk region on Wed. has left 25 civilians dead, Ukrainian officials confirmed on Thursday. The strike came as Ukraine marked its 31st independence anniversary.

  • Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Office for the Pres. of Ukraine, said: "Rescue and search operations have been completed in the village of Chaplyne. As a result of shelling of the residential area and the railway station, 25 people died, two of them are children."

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine has turned the territory around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant into a war zone, placing the world at risk of nuclear catastrophe. Russia must unconditionally leave the plant and let officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency permanently take control of the situation.

Establishment-critical narrative

Western media continues to portray Ukraine as a sainted nation that can do no wrong, while the Russian military are vilified as a threat to global stability. However, given that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been under the control of Russian forces since early March, Kyiv's forces are far more likely to be the ones shelling it. Are we really to believe the Russians are shelling themselves?

Nerd narrative

There is an 17% chance that there will be a serious radiation incident at any nuclear plant in Ukraine by 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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