Day 243 Roundup: Second Russian Jet Crash in a Week; US Dismisses Russian 'Dirty Bomb' Claims

Photo: Reuters [via NY Post]

The Facts

  • For the second time in a week, a Russian fighter jet has crashed in Russian territory, slamming into residential buildings and igniting a large blaze. Russian officials said Sunday's crash in the Siberian region of Irkutsk killed both pilots on board, but that no civilians were harmed.

  • It comes following a crash in the Yeysk region last Monday, which authorities said killed 15 civilians and injured 19. Officials have stated that criminal investigations to determine the causes of both crashes have been opened.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

Now that civilians are being ordered to flee Kherson, it's clear that Russian authorities are losing their grip on the region and don't foresee their return — even Moscow sees that the Ukrainian counteroffensive will inevitably force the occupiers to retreat.

Pro-Russia narrative

Russian forces are maintaining control over the Kherson region and continuing to repel attacks. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces are incurring heavy losses as they unsuccessfully attempt to advance.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that Ukraine will regain control of Kherson by Dec. 16, 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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