Day 13 Close: More Residential Areas Bombed, Zelensky Addresses UK Parliament

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    The Facts

    • Intense bombing of several major cities has continued, with residential areas around Kharkiv, Zhytomyr and the West of Kyiv targeted Tuesday night, according to Ukrainian emergency services.

    • Evacuation began from Irpin and Sumy on Tuesday, as the UN said the number of refugees displaced by the Russian invasion now exceeds 2M. Ukraine rejected initial proposals that evacuees be sent to Russia and Belarus.

    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 28% chance that Kyiv will fall to Russian forces by April, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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