Russia Retreats from Ukraine’s Northeast, McDonalds Retreats from Russia

A Ukrainian counterattack drove Russian troops back over Ukraine’s northeast border and McDonalds announced plans to leave Russia after 30 years.


A Ukrainian counterattack drove Russian troops back over Ukraine’s northeast border and McDonald’s announced plans to leave Russia after 30 years.

  • Ukrainian forces pushed Russian soldiers from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, and in some areas retook their northeast border zones from their invading neighbor.
  • The apparent Ukrainian success in the northeast comes as the Russian offensive in the eastern Donbas region has faltered, according to UK and US intelligence agencies.
  • McDonald’s announced it would begin selling its business in Russia. The company currently runs 850 restaurants employing 62,000 people.
  • The American fast food giant has operated in Russia for 30 years and the 1990 opening of the first McDonald’s in Moscow was considered a symbolic indication that the Cold War was ending.
  • On Sunday, the governing parties of Sweden and Finland confirmed their plans to join the NATO military alliance after decades, and in Sweden’s case centuries, of neutrality.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • The New York Times called Swedish and Finnish entry into NATO a “rebirth” for the Western military alliance and the “strongest indication yet of a profound change in Europe in the face of an aggressive Russian imperial project.”
  • CNN reported from Georgia, another ex-Soviet state previously attacked by Putin nervously watching for Russia’s next move.
  • The Washington Post investigated why Turkey is dissenting from Finland and Sweden’s admission into NATO and ‘why it matters.’



  • Fox News covered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s statement calling Russia ‘bankrupt’ and saying the invaders faced a ‘dead end’ in their invasion of his country.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported Ukrainian refugees are returning home in droves as Ukrainian forces have retaken more ground and Russian troops have retreated from large swaths of the country.
  • The Washington Examiner reported on the Russian withdrawal in Ukraine’s northeast and the moment Ukrainian troops planted their flag on their northeastern border once again.

On Your Radar

AP News2022 midterms: What to watch as 5 states hold primaries.

New York TimesGrief and anger sweep through Buffalo a day after a racist massacre.

CNNBuffalo shooting victims: ‘Hero’ guard and a teacher who was a ‘pillar of the community’ are among 10 killed.

PoliticoMike Pence returns from the GOP dead.

Wall Street JournalRising food prices are roiling the developing world.

National ReviewIn Dobbs, the Supreme Court must not be intimidated.

Washington PostPennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Senate frontrunner, suffers stroke.

Jewish InsiderEchoes of OH-11’s moderate v. socialist battle in heated Pittsburgh House race

Washington Examiner – Trial by fire: Durham takes Clinton lawyer to court.

BBC NewsThe Ukrainian children’s camp that became a Russian execution ground.

Fox NewsBuffalo shooting suspect ‘had plans to continue his attack’, police commissioner says.

USA TodayCongregants hogtied gunman to thwart more bloodshed in California church shooting.

Washington Free BeaconDemocrats name Latino outreach program after communist slogan popularized by Fidel Castro.

Return to Freespoke

© Dominic Moore, 2022