Headline RoundupJune 25th, 2024

Russia Promises Retaliation After Blaming US for Ukrainian Strikes on Crimea

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russia has accused the United States of being responsible for Ukrainian strikes in the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea, which led to at least five deaths and numerous injuries. 

The Details: According to Moscow, four U.S.-provided Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) rockets were intercepted over the city of Sevastopol, but the fifth rocket led to civilian casualties on the ground. The U.S. has been providing Ukraine with military aid since the Russian invasion began in February 2022.

For Context: Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, though international recognition of the territory remains with Ukraine. The Russian foreign ministry stated that “Washington bears equal responsibility with Kyiv” for the recent attack and warned of retaliation.

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common on news sites across the spectrum on Monday and Tuesday. While headlines and articles generally covered the same key facts, coverage exhibited moderate sensationalism, including language like “vowed retaliation” and “the most dangerous escalatory phase to date.” ZeroHedge (Lean Right bias)a popular blog some have accused of supporting the Kremlin’s preferred narratives — stood out by highlighting an X post by the often-inflammatory Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) condemning the strike. In its headline, however, ZeroHedge described her as an unnamed “US Lawmaker,” potentially making condemnation of Ukraine appear more common in the U.S. On the other hand, the U.S.-funded Radio Free Liberty (Not Rated) highlighted a State Department official who dismissed the Russian government’s claims. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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