Day 24: Hypersonic Missiles Used by Russian Forces, Civilians Stranded as Conflict Reaches Central Mykolaiv

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    The Facts

    • Russia claims it has used its latest hypersonic missiles on Ukraine for the first time since the invasion began. The weapon destroyed an underground warehouse storing military resources, according to a Russian defence ministry official.

    • Up to 100 are feared dead after a strike on a Ukrainian barracks in Mykolaiv yesterday. At least 200 soldiers were sleeping in the barracks at the time of the attack.


    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 3% chance that Kyiv will fall to Russian forces by April, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO