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The DSR Daily Brief Newsletter – Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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Ukraine reports infrastructure attacks in Lviv, Kyiv, Odesa and the Donetsk region. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu declares all vehicles transporting NATO materiel fair game. His threat is backed up by claims of firing two Kalibr cruise missiles from Black Sea positions. Both sides confirm six separate railway attacks.

Zelensky makes an appeal to corporate America at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit.

The Americas

Biden grants a 360-day extension of expiring work permits for immigrants in the US. This could help hundreds of thousands of applicants for green card and asylum applicants, in addition to those granted temporary protected status (TPS). Biden also participated in a press tour of a Lockheed Martin factory where Javelin anti-armor missiles are made.

A US Department of Defense report indicates that Arctic and Sub-Arctic military bases aren’t ready for the impact of climate change.

Taller than thou? A small town in Brazil aims to outdo Rio de Janeiro in its reverence of Christ.

Europe and Central Asia

Prosecutors in Bulgaria uncover a ‘Russian spy ring’ which includes top military officials. The Norwegian industrial port of Grøtsund welcomes the first ever official visit from a British nuclear-fueled attack submarine.

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny reports rumors that he will be sent to an infamous prison colony in Melekhovo. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov’s now infamous rant on conservative Italian media is characterized as ‘political agitation’ by Prime Minister Mario Draghi. 

Protests in Yerevan call for the ouster of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Grievances include the outcome of a six-week war with Azerbaijan in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. (Armenia accepted a peace deal brokered by Russia.)

The Indo-Pacific

China’s central bank is introducing monetary policy to counter Covid-related economic woes. While Beijing experiences an even tougher crackdown, residents in Shanghai saw some relief from their lengthy quarantine

The Middle East and Africa

Marines in the Middle East keep a ‘wary eye’ on Iran.

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