The Daily Populous

Sunday October 2nd, 2022 evening edition

image for Lyman: Russian forces retreat from strategic Donetsk city a day after Moscow's annexation of the region

Russian forces retreated from Lyman, a strategic city for its operations in the east, the Russian defense ministry said Saturday, just a day after Moscow’s annexation of the region that’s been declared illegal by the West.

The retreat marks Ukraine’s most significant gain since its successful counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region last month.

Russia’s announcement comes just hours after Ukrainian forces said they had encircled Russian troops in the city, which is located in the Kramatorsk district of Donetsk.

Ukrainian forces said earlier Saturday that they had entered Stavky, a village neighboring Lyman, according to Serhii Cherevatyi, the military spokesperson for the eastern grouping of Ukrainian forces.

“[The liberation] of Lyman is important, because it is another step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas.

All routes for the supply of ammunition or the retreat of the group are all completely blocked,” he added.

Images obtained by CNN show Ukrainian forces in control of rural areas of Donetsk around the contested town of Lyman. »

Spam's popularity is on the rise again

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The conglomerate behind Skippy and Jennie-O turkey says it can’t make Spam fast enough and is increasing production capacity.

(You can still buy it on Ebay, where it goes for up to $100 per can.).

Spam’s popularity in Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Island cuisine has influenced its growth in the United States. »

Putin decries US ‘satanism’ and calls Western elites ‘the enemy’

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Putin insisted that Russia’s position on annexing the four territories was non-negotiable, adding that it would defend them “with all the forces and means at our disposal”.

It was part of a flurry of strikes against Ukrainian towns just hours before Putin spoke.

“The Western elites remain colonisers as they always were,” Putin said. »

“That Isn’t Me”: UK Chancellor Tells News Website It Has Picture Of Wrong Man

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UK newspaper The Mirror has apologised for its “terrible error” after mistakenly including a picture of the wrong person in a story about the new Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng.

After the newspaper published a story about the politician’s mini-budget last week, it took Kwarteng himself to point out on social media, “That isn’t me.”.

Other UK media and broadcasters have come in for criticism in the past for posting the wrong pictures of Black public figures in its news coverage. »

Monster Energy wins $293 mln false-advertising verdict against rival Bang

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(Reuters) - Monster Energy Co convinced a California jury on Thursday to award it $293 million in damages from rival Bang Energy in a lawsuit alleging that Bang falsely advertised the ingredients and health benefits of its drinks.

Bang has quickly become one of the best-selling energy drinks in the United States behind leading brands like Monster and Red Bull.

The case is Monster Energy Co v. Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc d/b/a Bang Energy, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, No. 5:18-cv-01882. »