Day 123: Russian Missiles Strike Kyiv Against Backdrop of G7

    Photo: AFP [via Al Jazeera]

    The Facts

    • On Sun., Russia reportedly launched several attacks on Ukraine, including 14 missile strikes on Kyiv where an apartment block was struck, resulting in a fatality and multiple injuries. The strikes on Kyiv are the most sustained in months, according to Ukrainian officials.

    • The Russian Defense Ministry also announced strikes on three military training centers in northern Chernihiv, northwestern Zhytomyr, and the western Lviv regions of Ukraine. The Lviv attack is 19 miles from the Ukraine-Poland border.

    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 20% 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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