NEWS: JUNE 28 – 2022





Russia Presses Attacks on Ukraine as West Pledges Continuing Support for Kyiv



A missile strike killed at least three people in a residential building in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Wednesday as Russian forces intensified their attacks on multiple fronts.

In the east, the governor of Luhansk province said there was “fighting everywhere” in the battle around the city of Lysychansk, which Russian troops were trying to encircle.

The governor of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine said Russian shelling had increased there too in the past few days.





Russian Forces ‘Increasingly Hollowed Out’ in Ukraine—U.K. Intel



The scale of the onslaught by Vladimir Putin‘s forces in Ukraine amid a fierce ongoing fight for a city in the eastern Donbas region is “unsustainable” in the long term, British defense officials have said.

The daily assessment by Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) said Ukrainian forces “continue to consolidate their positions on higher ground” in Lysychansk, days after Putin’s troops seized control of its twin city Severodonetsk which lies across the Siverskyi Donets river.






In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last Friday, the Pentagon will continue to provide abortions within the limited circumstances allowed under federal law, according to the Washington Examiner.

In a memo to senior Pentagon officials obtained by the Examiner on Tuesday, Defense Undersecretary for Personnel Gilbert Cisneros said Roe’s reversal “will have significant implications for our Service members, dependents, other beneficiaries of DoD health care services, and civilian employees, as well as the readiness of the Force.”






U.S. consumers can expect to pay 17 percent more to eat on Independence Day in 2022, according to a new report from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

The annual study confirmed that the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people would total $69.68, an increase of $10 from 2021.

There will be some food price respite for July 4 event hosts, as the cost of two pints of strawberries fell 16 percent to $4.44, one pound of sliced cheese dropped 13 percent to $3.53, and a 16-ounce bag of potato chips dropped 4 percent to $4.71.





President Joe Biden’s efforts to lower energy prices have reduced the nation’s emergency oil reserves, new data shows. According to the Department of Energy, inventories in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) declined 6.9 million barrels in the week ending June 24.

In total, the world’s largest emergency supply of crude oil stood at 497.9 million barrels, the lowest level since April 1986.

Federal government data show that 6 million barrels of sour crude and nearly 1 million barrels of sweet crude were injected into the energy market during this span.






The Chinese Embassy in France tweeted three videos on June 21 and 22 with the theme “Taiwan is not Ukraine.” The action sparked a heated discussion.

The anchor claimed that the Taiwan-China affair and the Ukraine-Russia issue are different things. She said that Taiwan has belonged to China since ancient times, while the other issue is a dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

After the post was made public, most netizens didn’t agree with these statements. One of them commented that at least since 1949, no laws passed by Beijing have been applied to Taiwan. Another added that if China invades Taiwan, it will face boycott and sanctions from the world. Take Russia, as an example.

Link: THE BL




China is providing challenges to both the United States and globe with its largest military buildup since World War II.

Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, gave such remarks in a conversation hosted by the Foundation for Defense Of Democracies on June 24.

Aquilino said that China’s military buildup has encompassed “all domains and all capabilities, whether it’s naval ships, whether it’s fifth-generation aircraft, whether it’s missile forces, whether it’s cyber capability or capability in space, to include strategic nuclear capability.”

Link: THE BL


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