Ukraine withdraws troops out of a Luhansk province as Russia claims more territory

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia claims control of pivotal eastern Ukrainian province
  • The General Staff of Ukraine’s military reported that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk in Luhansk province. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged the withdrawal but said the fight for the city was still raging on its outskirts.
  • If confirmed, Russia’s complete seizure of Luhansk would provide its troops with a stronger base from which to press their advance in the Donbas, a region of mines and factories that President Vladimir Putin is bent on capturing in a campaign that could determine the course of the entire war.

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In Biden’s mind its high gas prices that support Ukraine

Rev 6:6 NAS “And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Important Takeaways:

  • US families should suffer high gas prices to protect ‘the liberal world order,’ Biden’s economic advisor Brian Deese says when asked what he would say to Americans who can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon
  • The American people understood. The American people rose to the moment. The American people did what they always have done: defend freedom around the world. They chose to stand with the people of Ukraine,’ Biden said during a speech calling for a three-month gas tax holiday. ‘So for all those Republicans in Congress criticizing me today for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine? Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin? Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe? I don’t believe that.’
  • After breaching $5 a gallon for the first time ever, gas prices have fallen back to an average of $4.84 as of Friday
  • Biden economic advisor Brian Deese said that Americans should ‘stand firm’ on paying record-high gas prices because the ‘future of the liberal world order’ is more important.
  • ‘What you heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes. This is about the future of the Liberal World Order and we have to stand firm,’ he replied

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European Governments taking steps to require rationing: Germany now rationing natural gas

Rev 6:6 NAS “And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Gas in Germany, flour in Greece, sunflower oil in Spain: European countries take steps towards rationing as the war in Ukraine adds to the global supply crunch
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has threatened the supply of critical commodities in Europe and thrown global supply chains, which were already struggling amid COVID-19, into complete chaos.
  • As a result, the prices of everything from wheat to oil have soared, leading to multi-decade high inflation rates in places like Germany and Spain.
  • The German government took the first formal steps toward rationing its natural gas supplies this week
  • In Spain and Greece, supermarkets are rationing food including flour, milk, and sunflower oil.

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Ukrainian Mall targeted by Russia: Search and Rescue continues as 18 are declared dead

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • ‘War Crime’: Russia Strikes Ukrainian Mall with Missile, Killing at Least 18 Civilians and Wounding Dozens
  • Rescuers in Ukraine searched through the rubble of a shopping mall today, looking for more victims of a Russian missile strike that killed at least 18 people on Monday. At least 59 others needed medical assistance and 25 of them were hospitalized.
  • Western leaders meeting at a G-7 Summit in Germany condemned Russia’s aggression and violations of human rights. The G-7 leaders said, “Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime.”
  • The strike came during a barrage of Russian missile strikes all across Ukraine, including in the capital of Kyiv. Wayne Jordash, a British lawyer helping Ukraine to investigate war crimes, said there appear to be no military targets near the mall that could even be used as a pretext for the mall attack, but the investigation is ongoing. He did say a factory nearby was also hit.

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First Ukraine offensive strike using American artillery system hits secret base inside a school

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • ’40 Russian soldiers’ are blown up in first Ukrainian strike using US HIMARS rockets – as second strike with the American weapons kills Putin’s 56th officer of the war
  • American HIMARS launcher used to attack Russian positions in Donbas region
  • Ukraine says missiles blew up base hidden inside a school, killing 40 soldiers
  • Video shows blown-out buildings and burning cars marked with ‘Z’ war symbol
  • Russia admits attack used HIMARS, but said it actually struck civilian hospital
  • Joe Biden has ruled out sending the longest-range rocket with a range of some 300 miles, fearing Kyiv would use it to strike mainland Russia.
  • The Pentagon fears that would lead to an escalation in the war, and may drag NATO into the conflict.

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G-7 Leaders increase support for Ukraine by sending advanced Anti-Air system. Officials pursue plans for ending war and rebuilding Ukraine

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • G-7 Leaders to Commit to Ukraine, US Sending Anti-Air System
  • The G-7 leaders will begin Monday’s session of their three-day summit with a focus on Ukraine. Later, they will be joined by the leaders of five democratic emerging economies — India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal and Argentina — for a discussion on climate change, energy and other issues.
  • The U.S. is purchasing NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system, to provide medium- to long-range defense, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. NASAMS is the same system used by the U.S. to protect the sensitive airspace around the White House and U.S. Capitol in Washington.
  • The summit’s host, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, said last week that he wants to discuss the outlines of a “Marshall plan for Ukraine” with his G-7 counterparts, referring to the U.S.-sponsored plan that helped revive European economies after World War II.
  • A senior U.S. administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations between the G-7 leaders, said the U.S. and Europe are aligned in their aims for a negotiated end to the conflict, even if their roles sometimes appear different.

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After Kissinger says Ukraine needs to move toward negotiations: DC shifts to damage Control

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • DC shifts to damage control as Ukraine defense fades
  • Speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles, Biden blamed Volodymyr Zelensky for allegedly not heeding American warnings about a Russian invasion:
  • President Biden and his top officials are now focused on damage control – warning Ukraine through proxies that it will have to sacrifice territory for a ceasefire.
  • Kissinger told the World Economic Forum on May 23 that “movement towards negotiations and negotiations on peace need to begin in the next two months…[and] Ideally, the dividing line should return the status quo ante.”
  • The “status quo ante” implies that Ukraine will make territorial concessions to Russia—a phrase that Kissinger did not use.
  • One possible outcome that’s been floated in the American media and closely considered in Moscow is a Korean-style armistice, with an armistice line between East and West Ukraine but without a peace treaty.
  • An armistice would allow Ukraine to deny that it had given up claims on territory held by Russia.

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Russia-Ukraine War: a war of attrition that has seen whole cities laid waste

Mark 13:8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

Important Takeaways:

  • Both sides say they have inflicted huge casualties in Sievierodonetsk, the largest city in Luhansk province still held by Ukraine.
  • Neither side is preparing to withdraw and street fighting rages
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday warned the United States that Russia would strike new targets if the West supplied longer-range missiles to Ukraine
  • Russia attacked Kyiv with missiles for the first time in more than a month on Sunday.

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100 days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine no end to bloodshed in sight

 

Important Takeaways:

  • The first 100 days of war in Ukraine could be just the beginning
  • Neither side is inclined to lay down its arms, and the battlefield advantage could soon swing back toward Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine is losing 60 to 100 soldiers per day, and Russia now controls 20% of Ukraine’s territory.
  • The U.S. is sending sophisticated rocket systems that will allow Ukrainian forces to strike from a distance.

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Most of the Ukrainian city of Sieverodonetsk has been seized by Russian forces

Matthew 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the supply of US advanced rocket launchers to Ukraine raised the risks of a “third country” being dragged into the conflict.
  • Over 30-31 May, fighting intensified in the streets of Sieverodonetsk, with Russian forces pushing closer to the town center
  • President Volodymyr Zelensky said “We’re losing 60-100 soldiers per day as killed in action and something around 500 people as wounded in action.”

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