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10 things you need to know today: June 5, 2022

Russian airstrikes hit Kyiv for the first time in weeks, shooting in Philadelphia kills 3 and wounds more than a dozen, and more

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Russian airstrikes hit Kyiv for the first time in weeks

Russian forces launched airstrikes against Kyiv on Sunday, ending a weeks-long reprieve from attacks on the Ukrainian capital. No deaths have been reported, but at least one person was hospitalized. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed the strikes destroyed tanks and other armored vehicles that had been donated to Ukraine by other countries and were being stored in a rail car repair facility. Oleksandr Kamyshin — who heads the Ukrainian state-owned railroad company, Ukrzaliznytsia — denied that any military hardware was at the site. Instead, Kamyshin said, Russia's goal was to target Ukraine's "economy" and "civilian population."

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Shooting in Philadelphia kills 3 and wounds more than a dozen

A shooting in Philadelphia on Saturday night left three people dead and more than a dozen injured. Police said there "were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street, as they do every single weekend, when the shooting broke out" and that the incident involved "several active shooters." A Philadelphia police officer reportedly fired his weapon at one of the suspects, who fled the scene. Inspector D.F. Pace told reporters police recovered two guns from the scene but have not made any arrests.

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Abbott Nutrition restarts formula production at Michigan plant

An Abbott Nutrition baby formula manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan, has restarted production after having been shut down in February due to contamination issues, the company announced Saturday. The absence of output from the Michigan plant has been a major contributor to a nationwide baby formula shortage plaguing desperate American families. "We will ramp production as quickly as we can while meeting all requirements," Abbott said in a statement. The company predicts it will take about three weeks before new formula begins showing up in stores and said it will prioritize production of EleCare and other specialty formulas.

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'We must not humiliate Russia,' says French President Emmanuel Macron

In an interview published Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron said allowing Russia to save face could help bring a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine. "We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means," he said. Macron also said he believes France has a role to play as a "mediating power" in the peace process. The French president's remarks drew swift condemnation from Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that "[c]alls to avoid humiliation of Russia can only humiliate France and every other country that would call for it."

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Trump endorses Kevin McCarthy and slams Paul Ryan

On Saturday, former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to criticize a former House speaker and offer his support to the man who may be the next to hold the office. Trump denounced Paul Ryan (R), who was speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019, as a "pathetic loser" after Ryan said plenty of Republicans would have voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot but didn't have the "guts to do it." Around two hours later, Trump endorsed the reelection bid of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who aims to succeed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) if Republicans take back the House in November.

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Sievierodonetsk reportedly 'divided in half' after Ukrainian counteroffensive

The residential areas of Sievierodonetsk have been "divided in half" between Russian and Ukrainian forces following a Ukrainian counteroffensive, Mayor Oleksandr Striuk said Saturday. "Street battles are being fought, which is accompanied by constant artillery shelling. The situation is quite tense, but there is hope and confidence in our armed forces that everything will work out. The city remains Ukrainian," Striuk said. Sievierodonetsk represents one of the last pockets of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk Oblast and has become the focal point of Russia's campaign in eastern Ukraine.

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North Korea test-fires 8 ballistic missiles following U.S.-South Korea military exercises

North Korea test-fired eight short-range ballistic missiles on Sunday, just one day after the United States and South Korea concluded a series of combined military exercises, the first in more than four years to involved a U.S. aircraft carrier. Last week, China and Russia used their United Nations Security Council veto power to stop a U.S. proposal for new sanctions against North Korea. This marked the first time the Security Council had failed to act unanimously against North Korea's nuclear ambitions since the Kim regime conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

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Gunman who allegedly killed retired judge also planned to kill McConnell and two governors

Douglas Uhde, who allegedly killed retired Judge John Roemer on Friday, also planned to murder Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), authorities and local media said Saturday. According to court records, Roemer sentenced Uhde to six years in prison for burglary in 2005. In what law enforcement described as a "targeted act," Uhde allegedly entered Roemer's home and shot the federal judge before turning the gun on himself. Uhde was taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

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Pope Francis announces visit to tomb of medieval pope, fueling resignation rumors

Pope Francis will visit the tomb of Pope Celestine V, who resigned in 1294 after only five months as pope, the Vatican announced Saturday. This forthcoming visit has encouraged rumors that the 85-year-old Francis, whose health issues have forced him to use a wheelchair for the past month, could also be contemplating resignation. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, visited Celestine's tomb four years before stepping down as pope, also at the age of 85. Francis has also fueled speculation with his recently announced plan to create 21 new cardinals in August, 16 of whom will be eligible to cast votes for his successor.

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Queen Elizabeth has tea with Paddington Bear in video shown at Jubilee concert

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom shared tea with the animated Padding Bear in a pre-recorded video shown at the Platinum Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday. The monarch and the bear laughed over their shared love of marmalade sandwiches, but Paddington turned serious when the queen was called away. "Happy Jubilee, ma'am," he said, doffing his cap, "and thank you, for everything." The crowd outside greeted the video with cheers. The concert included performances by Queen, Rod Stewart, and Diana Ross; pre-recorded messages from Paul McCartney and Michelle Obama; and tributes by Prince Charles and Stephen Fry, who praised the queen for having "tolerated" so many prime ministers during her 70-year reign.

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