Day 201: Russia Targets Power Stations; Huge Blaze at Warehouse in Moscow Outskirts

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The Facts

  • Amid vast Ukrainian gains - reportedly going as far as the Russian border - in the Kharkiv region in recent days, Russia launched several strikes on power stations and other infrastructure in central and eastern regions late on Sunday. The Kharkiv region, and parts of Sumy, Poltava, and Dnipropetrovsk, were left without electricity and running water following the strikes.

  • Among the targets of the Russian missile strikes was the Kharkiv TEC-5, Ukraine's second-largest heat and power plant. At least one civilian was killed and two more injured in the assault on the site. Ukrainian officials said on Mon. that power and water had been restored to 80% of the Kharkiv region and completely reinstated in other regions. However, fresh strikes were reported in Kharkiv on Monday.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Ukraine's lightening-fast counteroffensive in Kharkiv is its biggest military victory since the successful defense of Kyiv in the first weeks of the war. It has propelled a new phase of the war: one where Ukraine can drive Russians out of their territory instead of being stuck in a drawn-out war of attrition.

Pro-Russia narrative

Kharkiv is not being liberated. Around 2,000 foreign mercenaries from the US and Britain, among other nations, are supporting a violent tirade through the region by Ukrainian forces. Although some 5,000 have already escaped to Russia, many remain trapped under repressive measures newly imposed by Ukrainian units.

Nerd narrative

There's a 23% chance that Ukraine will have de facto control of at least 90% of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts by January 1, 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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