Day 7 Close: Russia Continues to Strike Key Cities, UN Condemns Invasion

    Day 7 Close: Russia Continues to Strike Key Cities, UN Condemns Invasion
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    The Facts

    • Russia continued shelling Kharkiv throughout Wed., with at least 21 killed and 112 injured in the last 24hrs. Troops may soon launch a ground offensive to seize the city, though Mayor Terekhov says at this time it's still under Ukrainian control.

    • Kyiv also suffered attacks throughout the day and Russia apparently continues an attempt to encircle the capital. A convoy of military vehicles just North of the city is reportedly still stalled, but Mayor Klitschko has warned Russian troops are getting "closer and closer" and that it's too late for evacuation.


    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.


    Metaculus Prediction


    Establishment split

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