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Denmark Terror, Egypt Strikes ISIS, SNL's 40th

SOME AREAS IGNORE UKRAINE CEASEFIRE
The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was still broadly observed this morning, but sporadic fighting persisted in some areas, especially in the city of Debaltseve, which is encircled by pro-Russian rebels, the BBC reports. A Ukraine army official said five troops had been killed and 22 wounded since the ceasefire went into effect at midnight Saturday. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are trying to seek full access to the areas where fighting hasn’t stopped. Pro-Russian forces denied them access yesterday. The European Union, meanwhile, added another 19 names of Russian officials and representatives of the self-declared republics in eastern Ukraine to its sanctions list. The Russian Foreign Ministry branded the new sanctions as “absurd” and accused Brussels of yielding to Kiev’s “party of war,” RT reports.

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EGYPT STRIKES ISIS IN LIBYA
The Egyptian air force conducted extensive dawn raids against ISIS targets in Libya, hours after the group published an online video showing the executions of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who had recently been taken hostage by the terrorist group. Egyptian officials said that between 40 and 50 ISIS fighters had been killed in the airstrikes. A statement from the Egyptian army said that the bombings were “to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers,” The Guardian reports. The strikes were reportedly coordinated with the Libyan army, and a Libyan official said more were planned for today and tomorrow. Read more from Al-Arabiya.

  • French President François Hollande, who just days ago announced the sale of Rafale fighter jets to Cairo, joined calls from his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to organize a UN Security Council meeting to take new measures against ISIS.

12,000
The South African government is preparing new legislation to bar individuals from owning more than 12,000 hectares of land, a move that Reuters says will likely upset the large and still predominantly white-owned commercial farming sector. Foreign ownership will also be drastically restricted.

DANISH TERROR ACCOMPLICES CHARGED
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Danish police have charged two men it arrested yesterday with helping the suspected gunman who killed two people over the weekend in separate attacks at a café and at a synagogue in Copenhagen. Police shot and killed the alleged attacker, 22-year-old Omar El-Hussein, Sunday. Hours earlier, he killed a filmmaker and wounded several people at a café where Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, known for depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in 2007, was hosting a talk. He then attacked security guards outside a synagogue and killed a young Jewish man.

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The "Corrosion" Strategy: How Ukraine Targets Russian Networks And Morale

Russia continues to shrink its ambitions in Donbas, as Ukraine doubles down on its strategy of guerilla attacks, interrupting supply and communication contacts and ultimately undermines the morale of the enemy.

Ukrainian soldiers sitting atop a tank in Donbas on May 22

Clemens Wergin

For years to come, military experts will be studying how Ukraine managed to push back a far stronger enemy and grind Russia’s major offensive in the east of the country to a halt.

Some military strategists are already trying to find a term to sum up the Ukrainians’ success. Australian military expert and retired army major general Mick Ryan credited Kyiv's stunning showing to "the adoption of a simple military strategy: corrosion. The Ukrainian approach has embraced the corrosion of the Russian physical, moral, and intellectual capacity to fight and win in Ukraine.”

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Ryan argues that while the Ukrainians have used the firepower they possess to halt the Russian advance, while aggressively targeting their enemy’s greatest shortcoming. “They have attacked the weakest physical support systems of an army in the field – communications networks, logistic supply routes, rear areas, artillery and senior commanders in their command posts,” Ryan wrote.

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