Day 112 Roundup: Azot Plant Evacuations Fail; Biden Announces $1B More in Aid

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The Facts

  • Russia on Wed. accused Ukraine of blocking plans to evacuate civilians who've been hiding out in bunkers beneath the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk, after Russia agreed on the corridors late Tuesday. More than 500 civilians, including 40 children, reportedly remain trapped. Ukraine is yet to comment.

  • Russia, whose forces reportedly control most of the city and have confined Ukraine's soldiers to the Azot plant, also offered fighters an ultimatum to surrender by 8am local time on Wednesday. The demand was reportedly ignored. Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said: "[Our military] are defending Severodonetsk and not letting them to advance to Lysychansk."

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 22% 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.

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