Day 45 Roundup: Boris Johnson Travels to Kyiv, Zelenskyy Calls for 'Global Response' to Kramatorsk Train Station Attack

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    The Facts

    • British PM Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv on Sat. to meet with Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a show of "solidarity with the Ukrainian people." Austrian Chan. Karl Nehammer also met with the Ukrainian president.

    • Meanwhile, Zelenskyy called for a "firm, global response" in his nightly address on Fri., after Russia was accused of striking a train station packed with civilians in Kramatorsk, a city in the Donetsk Oblast of eastern Ukraine. The region's governor says 5 children were among 52 people killed in the attack.


    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

    According to the Metaculus prediction community, if a bilateral cease-fire agreement is reached between Russia and Ukraine this year, it won't take effect until the end of June.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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