Day 255: Putin Urges Kherson Residents to Evacuate as Region Braces for Escalation of Fighting

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    The Facts

    • Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has urged the remaining residents of Kherson to evacuate as the region is reportedly set for a sharp escalation of fighting in the coming weeks and months.

    • Speaking on Friday, Putin said: "Now it is, of course, necessary to relocate those who live in Kherson from the most dangerous zone because civilians should not suffer from bombardments, from some offensive, counter-offensive and other measures related to military activities."

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    As Russia continues to bomb Ukraine and bring misery to its civilians, the only answer to Putin's unchecked aggression is to keep supporting Ukraine militarily for as long as it takes.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    The West continues to pursue the wrong policy of pumping Ukraine with weapons, thinking the situation can be resolved on the battlefield. Ukraine's backers need to push for a negotiated settlement instead.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 2% chance that Ukraine will officially recognize a former Ukrainian territory as independent before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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