Day 52: Missile Factory in Kyiv Struck, 900 Civilian Bodies Investigated

    Image copyright: AFP [via France 24]

    The Facts

    • More explosions were reported in the western city of Lviv and in Kyiv on Sat., with Russia claiming to have struck a military hardware factory in the capital.

    • This comes a day after Moscow warned it would step up attacks on Kyiv in retaliation for alleged attacks on Russian territory. Ukraine says renewed attacks are in response to the sinking of the Moskva warship.

    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.

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