Day 316: Ukraine Rejects Orthodox Christmas Ceasefire

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    The Facts

    • For the first time since the conflict began last February, Ukraine is set to receive French and American armored vehicles following announcements from presidents Macron and Biden on Wednesday. Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Western counterparts but pressed them to provide tanks — which are used primarily to break enemy lines, while armored vehicles are fighting vehicles that transport larger numbers of soldiers.

    • Without specifying numbers, France's Macron said his country would be sending Ukraine the AMX-10 RC and Bastion armored vehicles.


    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Russia's Patriarch Kirill is not an authority in global orthodoxy, and worse, he has openly supported Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The proposed ceasefire was nothing but a cynical trap and Russian propaganda.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    As countries that predominantly follow the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Russia and Ukraine should observe the ceasefire so that people can safely celebrate and worship on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 3% chance that Russia will be removed from the UN Security Council by 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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