Day 256: US Reportedly Urges Ukraine to Engage in Talks; Iran Acknowledges Sending Drones to Russia 'Months' Before War

    Photo: The Washington Post

    The Facts

    • According to a Washington Post report, US Pres. Joe Biden is privately urging Ukraine to show an openness to negotiate with Russia and forgo its refusal to conduct peace talks unless Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin is removed from power.

    • Sources familiar with the matter have shared concerns that Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s ban on talks with Putin has generated growing stress in parts of Europe, Africa, and Latin America, where the effects of the war have been felt most intensely. An anonymous US official interviewed in the report said, "Ukraine fatigue is a real thing for some of our partners."

    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 an 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 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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