Day 268 Roundup: Remains of Explosives Found at Nord Stream Blast Sites, Swedish Prosecutor Says

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    The Facts

    • The Swedish prosecutor probing explosions that hit the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in September confirmed on Friday that they were caused by "gross sabotage," and said the remains of explosives have been discovered at the sites.

    • The office of public prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist stated: "During the crime scene investigations... extensive seizures were made and the area has been carefully documented. Analyses that have now been carried out show traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects that were found."


    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 ongoing 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 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

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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