Day 74 Roundup: 60 Feared Dead After School Bombing; All Civilians Evacuated From Azov Steelworks Plant

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    The Facts

    • At least 60 are missing and feared dead after a school sheltering roughly 90 civilians in the eastern region of Luhansk was bombed on Saturday. 30 were rescued, with seven of them wounded.

    • Meanwhile, on Sat. evening, Ukraine's Deputy PM Iryna Vereshchuk said "all women, children and elderly people" have been successfully evacuated from the besieged Azov steelworks plant in Mariupol. Over 300 were reportedly rescued.

    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 37% 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



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