Day 225 Roundup: Putin Appears to Acknowledge Losses as Ukraine Retakes Three More Settlements in Kherson

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The Facts

  • On Wednesday, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin appeared to acknowledge the extent of the country's losses in annexed regions of Ukraine, telling teachers during a televised video call: "We are working on the assumption that the situation in the new territories will stabilize."

  • It came as Ukraine reported a breakthrough in the southern Kherson region - one of the territories annexed by Moscow this week - with forces claiming they had liberated eight settlements in the region in the span of a day. In his nightly address, Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed the liberation of three further settlements - Novovoskresenske, Novohryhorivka and Petropavlivka – in Kherson.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

Putin started this illegal war that has jeopardized the world's energy security, and he is now threatening the deployment of nuclear weapons. One thing is clear - Putin has to go and the US and its allies must be steadfast in calling for regime change in Russia.

Pro-Russia narrative

American officials are continuing to escalate this conflict, thereby increasing the prospect of a global war between Russia and the West. Why is no one calling for the West to take accountability and stabilize the situation by improving bilateral relations with Russia?

Nerd narrative

There is an 12% chance that a non-test nuclear weapon will be detonated by January 1, 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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