Headline RoundupJune 3rd, 2022

Examining Ukraine's Resilience as Russia's Invasion Hits Day 100

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has reached its 100th day.

Fighting continues across Ukraine, but the country has not fallen as some early media coverage suggested it might. Still, Russia continues to make slow progress in eastern Ukraine, specifically the Donbas region, to which it recently shifted focus. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a video Friday, saying, "We have defended Ukraine for 100 days already. Victory will be ours. Glory to Ukraine." One day earlier, he detailed how "about 20% of our territory" is under Russian control and said that the "Russian army has already destroyed almost the entire Donbas." 

Both sides have seen recent setbacks. Ukrainian forces began a retreat this week from Severodonetsk, the final Ukrainian holdout in Luhansk, one of two states that make up the Donbas region. And according to Russian state media, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently fired five generals and one police colonel.

Across the political spectrum, media outlets highlighted the invasion's 100th day, Zelenskyy's message, and the overall resilience of Ukraine and its people. Predictions for the conflict's future were a bit different from left to right. Some coverage from CNN (Left bias) and Associated Press (Center bias) focused more on Russia's strategic gains, and framed Putin as unlikely to concede despite his invasion purportedly not going as planned. Conversely, coverage from Fox News (Right bias) and other right-rated sources highlighted a graphic from the U.K. Ministry of Defense that labeled Russia's offensive in northern Ukraine "a costly failure."

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