Day 274 Roundup: Most of Ukraine Without Power After Renewed Russian Strikes

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    The Facts

    • Renewed Russian strikes on Ukraine's already-weakened energy infrastructure left most of the country without power on Wednesday night, compounding the struggle of many Ukrainians amid winter weather that reached sub-freezing temperatures in many areas.

    • Ukrainian officials reported that three civilians were killed and 11 were injured in the city of Kyiv, while an additional four people were killed and 35 were injured in the wider Kyiv region.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Russia's deliberate targeting of energy infrastructure — which is unnecessarily increasing the suffering of civilians — amounts to war crimes. This continuing Russian barbarity must be confronted.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    Attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure are a direct consequence of the failure of the country's leadership to meaningfully engage in peace talks. These attacks will stop once a more sober position on the reality of Ukraine's slim chance of military success is reached.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 40% chance that Vladimir Putin will be charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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