Headline RoundupJuly 24th, 2023

Russia Strikes Ukrainian Port City After Moscow Drone Attack

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russia continued airstrikes on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa on Monday after it blamed Ukraine for drone attacks in Moscow. 

The Details: Russian drone strikes targeted Ukrainian grain warehouses and damaged Odesa’s historic Transfiguration Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Early Monday morning, Russia’s Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of a “terrorist drone attack” after drones crashed near its Moscow headquarters and hit a high-rise office building. Officials also said drones struck an ammunition depot and a residential building in Crimea. 

For Context: Russia’s attacks on grain depots came after it refused to renew a deal to allow Ukrainian grain exports, a move one U.N. official said would cause some to “starve” and “die.” While Ukraine’s counteroffensive reportedly struggles to gain ground, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Ukraine had retaken “about 50%” of the territory seized by Russia. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was moderately common across the spectrum, frequently using quotation marks or the word “claims” to signal skepticism of Russia blaming Ukraine for the strikes in Moscow.

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