May 20, 2022

Armed conflicts and attacks

Russo-Ukrainian War

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Siege of Mariupol

Ukraine's chief military command orders all remaining troops in the Azovstal steel plant to stop defending Mariupol. (AFP via Le Devoir) (Sky News)

Russia says that its forces have seized the Azovstal steel plant after the last remaining Ukrainian troops surrender. (BBC)

Donbas offensive

Ukraine says that it has repelled a Russian advance on the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in Luhansk Oblast. Authorities say that twelve people were killed in the offensive and that over 60 houses were destroyed. (AP)

Arab–Israeli conflict, Syrian civil war

Arts and culture

Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II

The Cabinet Office announces that eight British towns will become cities as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. The new cities are Milton Keynes, Colchester, and Doncaster in England, Dunfermline in Scotland, Wrexham in Wales, and Bangor in Northern Ireland, as well as Stanley, Falkland Islands, and Douglas, Isle of Man, which become the first towns in the British Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies, respectively, to receive city status. (BBC News)

Business and economy

Transport for London announces that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will be expanded to cover almost all of Greater London beginning on August 23, 2023. (BBC News)

Disasters and accidents

One person is killed and nine others are missing after a tunnel collapses in Ramban district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. (AP)

Tornadoes of 2022

A tornado passes through the city of Paderborn in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, leaving 43 injured and several buildings severely damaged. (Deutsche Welle)

One person is killed and 43 are injured after a rare tornado hits the city of Gaylord, Michigan, United States. (CNN)

Health and environment

COVID-19 pandemic

2022 monkeypox outbreak

Spain confirms 30 monkeypox cases, becoming the country with the most reported cases. (La Vanguardia)

Australia and Israel announce their first suspected cases of monkeypox, both in people who had recently travelled to Europe. (Reuters) (Times of Israel)

Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands confirm their first cases of monkeypox. (Deutsche Welle) (Reuters)

International relations

South China Sea dispute

The Philippines says that it has established coast guard outposts on three Filipino-controlled islands of the Spratlys in the South China Sea. (AP)

2022 Russia–European Union gas dispute, Finland–Russia relations

Russia announces that it will suspend its supply of natural gas to Finland beginning at 4:00 GMT tomorrow due to Finland's refusal to comply with Russia's demand that gas be paid for in rubles. (Reuters) (BBC News)

Law and crime

Three people are wounded, one critically, by a stabbing attack in Uvdal and Nore, Norway. Police say that the attack was due to a domestic dispute between the perpetrator and his wife. (Reuters)

An Argentinian court finds the Republic of Argentina guilty for the 1924 Napalpí massacre. (BBC News)

Science and technology

An unusually strong and early heat wave increases temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) in Spain. Seville records a temperature of 40.8 °C (105.4 °F), tying its all-time high for May, while the hottest settlement, Andújar, records a temperature of 41.8 °C (107.2 °F). Several settlements in France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and western Austria beat all-time high records for the month. (La Vanguardia) (The Guardian) (SRF) (RTS) (ORF)

Morocco records its highest May temperature ever in Sidi Slimane, at 45.7 °C (114.3 °F). (The Washington Post)

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