Day 38 Roundup: Ukraine Retakes Towns Around Kyiv, Warns of Heavy Battles to Come

    Photo: AP [via Al Jazeera]

    The Facts

    • Ukraine has retaken 30 towns and villages near Kyiv, including the city of Brovary, according to Ukrainian military officials on Sat. In Bucha, to the northwest of the capital, at least 20 bodies were reportedly found. It's unclear whether they were shot or killed in a bombing.

    • Zelenskyy says Russia is making a 'slow but noticeable' withdrawal in some northern areas of Ukraine but warns that retreating forces are leaving mines and booby-trapping homes.


    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 re-write 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 2% chance that Kyiv will fall to Russian forces by June, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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