The Evening: Russia Controls 20%, Saudi Oil Boost, CSNY, and More

Russia Controls One-Fifth of Ukraine

As the war neared its 100th day, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian forces had seized 20 percent of his nation’s territory. Ukraine claimed a counteroffensive had made gains in the south, while Moscow tried to encircle a key city in the east, as the NYT reports.

War of Attrition

Speaking with reporters Thursday after meeting with President Biden at the White House, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the conflict in Ukraine a “war of attrition” and said the alliance was preparing for the “long haul” when it came to helping Ukraine fight off Russia, as the Washington Post reports.

Saudi Oil Boost and Yemen Truce

Saudi Arabia took steps Thursday to boost oil production and extend a truce with Iran-backed forces in Yemen, two significant moves that help pave the way for President Biden to visit the kingdom later this month as the two countries try to reset their strained relationship, as the WSJ reports.

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Video Shorts

Check out CSIS's YouTube Channel for the latest releases in our “Crisis Crossroads: Ukraine” video series.

In That Number


China is poised to launch it’s third and most advanced aircraft carrier.

Source: CSIS

Critical Quote

“As of today, about 20 percent of our territory is under the control of the occupiers. If you look at the entire front line, and it is, of course, not straight, this line is more than a thousand kilometers. Just imagine!”

— Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

iDeas Lab

New satellite imagery from CSIS of Ukraine's Kherson Air Base presents a glimpse into some of the setbacks faced by Russia's military in April of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.


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The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.

Recommended Reading

"Russia's Ill-Fated Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons in Modern Warfare" by CSIS's Seth G. Jones.

This Town Monday

On June 6, at 9:15 a.m. , the CSIS Korea Chair hosts the 7th annual ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum that brings together officials, policymakers, and experts to discuss issues important to the U.S.-ROK alliance.

And, at 10:30 a.m., join Brookings Institution for a conversation on Taiwan's future.

Then, at 12:00 p.m., join the Hudson Institute for a conversation on challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. military's aerial refueling efforts.


The latest episode of CSIS Korea Chair's "The Capital Cable" examines technological cooperation between the United States and South Korea.


CSIS expert Dr. Jon Alterman speaks with Ambassador Fred Hof about his attempt to negotiate peace between Syria and Israel between 2009 and 2011.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


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