Day 269: Russia Accuses Ukraine of Executing More Than 10 POWs

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    The Facts

    • Russia's defense ministry on Friday accused Ukrainian forces of executing more than 10 prisoners of war after a video shared on social media documented what Russia said amounted to a "war crime." It's unknown who took the video, which was reportedly filmed in the eastern Luhansk region on an unknown date.

    • "This brutal murder of Russian servicemen is neither the first, nor the only war crime," Russia's defense ministry said in a statement. "This is a common practice in the Armed Forces of Ukraine that is actively supported by the Kyiv regime and blatantly ignored by its Western patrons." Ukraine has yet to comment on the allegations.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Making sure Ukraine continues to be well-armed is the only way to fend off Putin and Russia in this unprovoked war of aggression. The US and NATO must not simply offer up their latest and most hi-tech weapons however; combat is about supply lines, and the West must ensure basic equipment and ammunition are kept flowing as needed.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Multi-billion dollar weapons packages will make little difference in the outcome of the war. The West has been meddling in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War, and what we're witnessing is a geopolitical Ponzi scheme to benefit those aligned with the military-industrial complex. War is a lucrative racket.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 2% 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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