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The DSR Daily Brief Newsletter – Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Ukrainian forces are repelling attacks and reclaiming towns in parts of Eastern Ukraine, while Putin prepares for ‘protracted battle.’

The FSB is out, the GRU is in. Putin blames intelligence failings on the spy agency and puts the military agency in charge of intelligence operations in Ukraine.

The Americas

The Pentagon confirms widely reported instances of Ukrainians being forcibly resettled in Russia. The Kyiv Independent puts this number at over 1.2 million, including more than 200,000 children.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis is going all out for what we can only assume is the pro-Batista vote. 

Europe and Central Asia

The United Nations General Assembly elects the Czech Republic to replace Russia on the Human Rights Council.

Deutsche Welle compiles a list of German weaponry made available to Ukraine so far.

The mysterious red liquid used in an antiwar protest targeting Russia’s ambassador to Poland? Beet juice.

The Indo-Pacific

Sanctions plus supply chain complexity equals a halt to Chinese construction of key parts for the Arctic LNG 2 project. A French-led project for a Russian gas producer is grinding to a stop as companies face a May 27th deadline to complete all deliveries to Russia. These include the Chinese-made modules which are shipped to Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk for assembly. 

Chinese officials mandate that all government agencies and state-owned enterprises replace foreign PCs with local versions. The massive overhaul includes an estimated 50 million computers.

The Middle East and Africa

Al Jazeera reporter and US citizen Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank. The source of the gunfire is in dispute.

The global cannabis boom offers hope to Zimbabwean farmers, as well as the opportunity to diversify away from tobacco crops.

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