Five things to know, May 30, 2022
1. The Russian-battered eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk looked set to become another Mariupol on Monday, as the mayor told The Associated Press that Russian troops entered, that electricity and communications were cut off and that “the city was completely destroyed”. .” Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the “frontline positions” of the Ukrainian army and met with soldiers during a trip to the Kharkiv region, his office said on Sunday.
2. The Russian Navy carried out another test of a future hypersonic missile on Saturday, a demonstration of the army’s long-range strike capability amid fighting in Ukraine. The Defense Ministry said the Admiral Gorshkov frigate of the Northern Fleet in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missile into the Barents Sea, successfully hitting a practice target in the White Sea about 1,000 kilometers away. (540 nautical miles).
3. The remains of unknown US soldiers who died in action in North Africa during World War II will be repatriated for identification under an agreement signed Monday in Tunisia. Natasha Franceschi, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, signed an agreement with Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi during a Memorial Day ceremony at the North American Cemetery in Carthage. The memorandum of understanding paves the way for the exhumation of the remains of unidentified American servicemen who gave their lives during the campaign in North Africa, the embassy said.
4. President Joe Biden told Naval Academy graduates on Friday they would be “the representatives and defenders of our democracy” as free societies are threatened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to China’s maritime expansion. Delivering a keynote address to more than 1,000 newly commissioned ensigns and second lieutenants at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Biden said the Western response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal” war in Ukraine shows that the world is aligned not on geography, “but on terms of values.
5. The Veterans Triangle at Elmwood Cemetery was serene on Sunday afternoon. The grass was neatly trimmed and the headstones were adorned with small American flags. The service members interred in the Veterans Triangle were all, at one time, members of the American Legion, and members of the James L. Yates American Legion Post 9 in Kentucky consider the upkeep of the Veterans Triangle a duty.