Day 61 Roundup: Five Killed in Railway Station Strikes, Mariupol Denies Ceasefire Agreement

    Day 61 Roundup: Five Killed in Railway Station Strikes, Mariupol Denies Ceasefire Agreement
    Photo: Luhansk People’s Republic [via CNN]

    The Facts

    • At least five were killed and 18 injured after five railway stations were struck in western and central Ukraine on Mon., according to Ukrainian officials, as heavy fighting reportedly continued in Luhansk and Donetsk.

    • Meanwhile, Ukraine has denied Russian reports that a ceasefire agreement was reached around the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Mon., with Deputy PM Iryna Vereshschuk stating "A corridor announced unilaterally doesn't provide security, and therefore isn't a humanitarian corridor."


    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 36% 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.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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