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Fierce East Ukraine Battle, BoJo Survives Vote, EU Kills Apple Chargers

A woman walks in the destroyed Ukrainian eastern city of Druzhkivka, hit by a Russian air strike.

Joel Silvestri, Lisa Berdet and Bertrand Hauger.

👋 Сәлем!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where fighting rages on in eastern Ukraine, Boris Johnson survives (though not unscathed) a vote of no-confidence, and KFC is forced to pick a lettuce alternative in Australia. Meanwhile, Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza goes to school with Ukrainian pupils and their teachers in Poland.

[*Salem - Kazakh]

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🌎  7 THINGS TO KNOW RIGHT NOW

• Ukrainian forces hold out in key regions:Fighting continues in Severodonetsk as Russia continues its attacks, while President Volodymyr Zelensky says that a plan for Ukrainian forces to retake the city may be too costly. Fighting also continues in the regions of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhya while Russia prepares to celebrate “Russia Day” in the Kherson region of Ukraine on June 12.

• Boris Johnson wins confidence vote: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won a confidence vote, which could have seen him removed from power. Johnson won the vote by a margin of 211 to 148, with the number of rebel votes coming in higher than expected.

• Gupta brothers arrested in UAE: Indian businessmen Rajesh and Atul Gupta, known for their supposed involvement in South African corruption, have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates, as multiple groups in South Africa call for their speedy extradition. The two fled South Africa in 2016 amid rising pressures calling for their arrest in relation to charges of corruption.

• No more Apple chargers: In a blow to Apple, which is known for its proprietary connectors and accessories, the EU has ruled that all mobile phones, cameras, and tablets must use the same charging port by 2024.

• Tensions rising between West and Pyongyang: The United States and South Korea have responded to a North Korean missile test by firing eight more missiles off the coast of the Korean peninsula. These launches served as a demonstration of South Korea’s ability to respond to North Korean threats. This news comes as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemns the actions of Chinese pilots who are accused of putting Canadian pilots at risk during a UN mission to enforce sanctions on North Korea.

• Dominican Republic government official killed: Dominican Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Orlando Jorge Mera was shot dead in his office by a close friend on Monday. The killer was caught after confessing to a priest. No motive has been reported.

• KFC forced to swap lettuce for cabbage in Australia: Australian KFC locations are now mixing lettuce with cabbage after floods destroyed lettuce crops, leading to a shortage.

🗞️  FRONT PAGE

UK daily The Times lends its front page to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a “wounded victor” after his narrower-than-expected survival of a vote of confidence, amid the “Partygate” scandal and Johnson’s general handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Johnson will now have to address the rifts within his party as he completes the rest of his term.

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Jordan has announced a ten-year plan to double its economic growth by attracting $41 billion in funds to raise the country’s GDP to $82 bn by 2033. If Jordan fails to meet its economic goals in ten years, a million Jordanians will be without jobs, according to Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh.

📰  STORY OF THE DAY

When Ukrainian Children And Teachers Come Together In A Polish School

After fleeing the war, many Ukrainian teachers have found new jobs in Poland. But their work involves more than just teaching — they're helping Ukrainian children adapt to a whole new life, reports Lena Gontarek in Gazeta Wyborcza.

🔔 The bell rings for Polish lesson in the Primary School 34 in the city of Lublin in southeastern Poland. There are 25 students, five of whom are children from Ukraine who came here after the outbreak of the war with Russia. Olga is in the classroom alongside the teacher. She used to teach English in Ukraine, but she is now employed in Poland as a teacher's assistant.

👩🏫 There are other Ukrainian teachers working at the primary school where Olga is employed. They mainly help in preparatory classes, opened especially for Ukrainian children. In Polish schools, there are about 200,000 students from Ukraine who fled the war with Russia. Some local governments — like Lublin — have therefore decided to employ Ukrainian teachers themselves, mainly as teaching assistants.

🏫 Thanks to the "Cash for Work" program, by mid-May, more than 500 Ukrainian teachers had found work as teacher's assistants in 16 Polish cities, both large and small. The basic contract lasts three months. However, the foundation does its best to extend these contracts for the vacations and next school year.

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📣 VERBATIM

Russia is solely responsible for this food crisis.

— European Council President Charles Michel accused Moscow of using food supplies as a “stealth missile against developing countries” during a UN Security Council, blaming Russia for the food crisis. Russia’s UN diplomat Vassily Nebenzia stormed out of the meeting after Michel’s statement.

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