Day 32 Roundup: Ukraine Reclaims Several Villages, UN Says 1,119 Civilians Killed Since Start of War

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The Facts

  • Ukraine reportedly conducted several succesful counterattacks on Sun., reclaiming villages east of Kharkiv and northwest of Mariupol. Limited counteroffensives were also conducted in Sumy Oblast.

  • Though shelling continued throughout the day, no major operations have been conducted around Kyiv by either Russia or Ukraine in the last 24 hrs.

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 re-write 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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