These stories and more made up this edition of the Round-Up for this final week of 2022:
–Russian President Vladimir Putin is threatening to destroy the Patriot missile system if the U.S. follows through with its commitment to supply them to Ukraine.
–Russia is reported to have lost hundreds of troops and at least five tanks over Christmas.
–Ukraine’s foreign minister is calling for a peace summit to be held at the end of February but says Russia would have to face a war crimes tribunal before they directly engage with Moscow.
–Russia fired scores of missiles into Ukraine early on Thursday in a massive aerial bombardment that sent people rushing to shelters and knocked out power.
–Thousands of U.S. trained Afghan troops are reportedly considering joining Russian forces as mercenaries to fight in Ukraine as they face a life of poverty in Iran.
–Senator Lindsey Graham repeated his call for Vladimir Putin to be assassinated.
–Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a continuation of a partnership with the investment management company known as BlackRock for the rebuilding of Ukraine from war.
–Russia and China have completed naval drills in the East China Sea after a week of joint exercises.
–China’s military sent about 71 planes and 7 ships toward Taiwan in a 24 hour display of force.
–President Joe Biden may have made a Christmas gift to Taiwan by signing into law a defense bill in which the U.S. is to loan the island 2 billion dollars to bolster its capabilities against threats from China.
–South Korea fired warning shots, scrambled fighter jets and flew surveillance assets across the heavily fortified border with North Korea Monday after North Korean drones violated its air space for the first time in 5 years.
–Sudan and Yemen defense ministers signed a military cooperation agreement on peace operations and counter-terrorism.
–The U.S. military equipment from Afghanistan is now for sale on Ebay.
–In response to Western price caps on Russian oil, President Vladimir Putin banned the export of oil to the U.S. and other G-7 and European Union Nations.
–Former President Donald Trump hosted a gala for homosexual Republicans at Mar-a-Lago just two days after President Biden signed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act.