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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. The ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses and potential for future success in four domains: verbal, math, science and technical, and spatial.

The ASVAB includes tests in 10 areas: general science (GS), arithmetic reasoning (AR), word knowledge (WK), paragraph comprehension (PC), mathematics knowledge (MK), electronics information (EI), auto information (AI), shop information (SI), mechanical comprehension (MC) and assembling objects (AO). It provides career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors, such as college, vocational school or a military career.

Your ASVAB Score Can Be Critical

ASVAB test scores are broken down by the individual subtests and their composites. One of the most critical of these scores is the armed forces qualification test, which is used to determine whether you are qualified to join the military service. Each service determines the qualifying AFQT score for enlisting in their service.

The AFQT is comprised of your results in arithmetic reasoning, math knowledge and verbal expression (VE) times two. Your VE score is a combination of your word knowledge and paragraph comprehension scores.

"It's important to know what the minimum scores required in each section are, so you can work on the areas you might need a little help on,'' said Kris Michaelson, director of content for Peterson's Test Prep, a leading test prep provider. "You may ace one section but fail another, and that may limit the career paths the recruiter will consider for you.''

Check out the following AFQT qualifying scores for each branch of service.

In addition, your scores on the other ASVAB composite tests will determine your career field or military occupation eligibility. Since enlistment bonuses usually are tied to your choice of occupations, the better the score, the more opportunities you have. It is impossible, though, to "ace" the ASVAB, so your goal should be simply to do your best.

TIP: Be sure you are ready before you take the ASVAB -- use the ASVAB practice tests to find the areas you may need help. In addition, you can read about ASVAB study techniques.

Three Versions of the ASVAB

There are three distinctly different versions or formats of the ASVAB; the CAT-ASVAB (computer adaptive test), the Military Entrance Test (MET)-site ASVAB and the Student ASVAB. Each ASVAB has different benefits and limitations. Many potential military recruits take the CAT-ASVAB.

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Killexams : Try This Military Swim and Water Confidence Combo Workout

When you’re undergoing military training for rescue swimming or scuba diving, you are definitely going to face challenging pool evolutions. You will need to Improve your conditioning for the endless swimming, treading, drownproofing, breath holds, and tactical applications of combat diving.

Daily swim workouts will Improve your water confidence abilities. Try this unique combination we created for special ops candidates this week.

Swimming conditioning is harder than cardio activities on land. Even the best runners of the group must work to get into swimming shape. The better the technique with the swim strokes, the less effort needed for each lap of a several mile swim or a short-and fast-swim test (Navy Physical Screening Test or the Air Force Initial Fitness Test/Operator Fitness Test). The 50-50 Workout is excellent training that improves swim conditioning and the technique for both the freestyle and combat swimmer stroke (CSS).

Treading is a killer for people who are negatively buoyant, so they will have to practice the technique while simultaneously getting into treading shape if they want to excel in these basic water confidence tests.

Most people dismiss treading and do not realize that treading is vertical swimming, especially if you are not allowed to use your hands, which is a requirement in many of the swim and dive training treading tests. Learn these treading techniques and apply them to your swim practice each day either as a warmup or cooldown.

Drownproofing in the military takes two forms. One is the basic drownproofing where you ditch your gear and learn to use your uniform to make flotation devices to survive an overboard situation.

The second is the special ops level drownproofing where you have your hands tied behind your back, your feet tied together and you must perform a series of drills for about 30 minutes. The events include bobbing in a 9-foot pool, floating, swimming 100 meters, doing a front flip and back flop off the bottom of the pool, and picking up your mask with your teeth at the bottom of the pool.

Taking all the above into consideration, here is how to combine multiple events and swim workouts to help you with many of the challenges you will face in these military training programs. This is basically a mix of the 50-50 with the drownproofing and treading workout.

Tread: 5 minutes with no hands to warm up

Swim: 50 meters freestyle fast and 50 meters CSS (rest 15 seconds with treading)

Bob: 2 minutes. Pretend your hands are tied behind your back and put your feet together

Swim: 50 meters freestyle fast and 50 meters CSS (rest 15 seconds with treading)

Float: 2 minutes. Pretend your hands are tied behind your back and put your feet together

Swim: 50 meters freestyle fast and 50 meters CSS (rest 15 seconds with treading)

Travel: 100 meters. Pretend your hands are tied behind your back and put your feet together. (Rest with 1 minute bobbing)

Front Flip: Pretend your hands are tied behind your back and put your feet together

Swim: 50 meters freestyle fast and 50 meters CSS (rest 15 seconds with treading)

Back Flip: Pretend your hands are tied behind your back and put your feet together

Swim: 50 meters freestyle fast and 50 meters CSS (rest 15 seconds with treading)

Pick up mask with teeth from bottom of pool. Pretend your hands are tied behind your back and put your feet together

Tread: 5 minutes with no hands to cool down.

After this section of the workout, complete a total of 10 sets of the 50-50 Workout by doing 5 more sets with a 15-second tread as your rest each set. This will create a workout with more than 1,000 meters of tough swimming combined with just about all the pool skills you need to safely practice water confidence events.

If you are trying to Improve your swim conditioning, 1,000- to 1,500-meter swim workouts will help you prepare for a 500-meter or 500-yard swim test. Put in the time with 4-5 days a week of swimming and, at the end of a month, you will see a huge difference in your swimming abilities and conditioning.

Do not swim alone. Do not tie yourself and swim. This is a simulated drownproofing event. If you practice underwater swimming technique, do not swim alone or without a lifeguard present. Do not try to push your ability to hold your breath underwater. The key to underwater swimming is technique and efficient swimming.

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Killexams : RAF Typhoons hold 'dog fight' drills with Greek F-16s over Romania in show of NATO power

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The news comes following a similar drill last month in which British Typhoons again held mock aerial battles with French Rafale jets over the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The Typhoons are based in Romania and were supported by an RAF Voyager tanker from the 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, based out of RAF Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus.

Speaking of the exercise, Flight Lieutenant Whatmough, a pilot from 3 Squadron said: “This type of training improves interoperability and provides an opportunity for pilots on both sides to test the capabilities of their respective platforms.

“Training with the Hellenic Air Force and their F-16 aircraft has provided 3(F)Sqn with some fantastic opportunities to once again explore the capabilities of Typhoon alongside our NATO partners.

“This flight brings an end to the multinational exercises conducted during Op BILOXI 22.

“The training we’ve undertaken has been invaluable in ensuring the Pilots, Ground Crew and Aerospace Battle Managers gain the experience required to maintain Operational Capability.”

F16 and Typhoon

RAF Typhoons held mock dog fights with Greek F-16's (Image: Crown Copyright and Tim Felce)

RAF Typhoon

The Typhoons are currently based in Romania as part of a NATO deployment (Image: Crown Copyright)

A statement by the RAF added: “Over the course of the 4-month deployment to Romania, alongside carrying out the NATO enhanced Air Policing and enhanced Vigilance Activity missions, the Typhoons from 3(F) Squadron have conducted several bilateral training serials with multiple NATO nations.”

3 Squadron is normally based at RAF Coningsby, and is one of two Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) stations in the United Kingdom.

Since the Russian-led invasion of Ukraine, NATO allies have vowed to increase their presence on the borders of Eastern Europe.

Furthermore, member nations have pledged to increase defence spending, with the UK, Germany and France all pledging to increase well in excess of the minimum suggested sum of two percent.

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RAF Voyager

The Typhoons and F-16 were joined by an RAF Voyager from Cyprus (Image: Crown Copyright)

French Rafale

Typhoons held a similar drill last month with French Rafales (Image: Getty)

Aside from training with NATO partners, British military personnel have been working closely with Ukrainian soldiers in exact weeks.

According to RAF News, British gunners are instructing the first of up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in Britain.

Brize-based II Squadron RAF Regiment is among 1,050 British service personnel deployed at military bases across the country involved in the training.

Speaking of the training provided, RAF Force Protection Air Commander Jamie Thompson said: “The RAF regiment has huge experience training partner nations and finding and fixing threats to airpower.”

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British Troops are also training Ukrainian soldiers in front line combat skills (Image: Crown Copyright)

The training is aimed at providing Ukrainian troops with the ability to handle weapons, combat skills, battlefield first aid and patrol tactics.

British forces have obtained a series of AK assault rifles for the training and will issue recruits with protective equipment, clothing and field kit.

Aside from providing training to personnel, the UK has pledged hundreds of drones, anti-tank weapons and small arms to Ukraine.

So far, the UK has provided nearly 7,000 NLAW, Javelin and Brimstone anti-tank weapons, which many credits for the devastating loss of Russian tanks, which latest figures put at 1,789 since the start of the war.

On a personnel scale, Ukrainian sources claim over 41,500 Russian soldiers have been killed, leaving a huge dent in Vladimir Putin’s forces, who have now been said to turn to prison convicts to make up numbers on the front line.

Over 4,000 Russian armoured personnel carriers have also been wiped out by Ukrainian defences.

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The arrival of the HIMARS has changed the direction of the war (Image: Getty)

The arrival of the HIMARS missile system has widely swung the war in favour of Ukraine, with Russia forced to take extreme measures by turning to long-range and more inaccurate weapons.

The RAF has also deployed surveillance aircraft around the Black Sea providing intelligence on the latest Russian movements, which over exact weeks have appeared to stagnate as Ukrainian defences continue to have a devastating impact on the Russian military and its supply chain to the front line.

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Killexams : Kim Jong-un assassination plot 'simulated in US war games' as North Korea tensions rise

North Korean defectors deported back from South Korea in 2019

The news comes as Washington and Seoul participate in yet another round of military drills which will also include practising scenarios to take out North Korea’s elite military leadership. In a highly provocative move, North Korea is likely to react in kind with further missile tests and threats towards the South and the US, a move common during such drills which take place on regular occasions.

The drills will also mock wiping out Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear test and launch sites, as well as the logistical bases required to supply the facilities.

A source familiar with the war games told the Daily Beast the exercises will end with a “decapitation” drill where the deep core of North Korea’s elite will be tackled and taken out.

Although the source has revealed some details of the plan, the US has not publicly acknowledged they are practising killing Kim during the event.

The US and South Korea have not held close knit exercises of this nature since former US President Donald Trump held high profile meetings with his North Korean counterpart.

Kim and Biden

The US will hold drills simulating taking our Kim Jong-un (Image: Getty)

Kim Jong-un

The move will likely spark a big reaction from Kim and Pyongyang (Image: Getty)

The last time war games were held between Washington and Seoul, in 2017, North Korea responded by conducting an underground nuclear weapons test.

Although the pariah state has not held any such tests since, it is thought by some the new joint drills may provoke a response by Pyongyang.

Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Jong-sup, agreed to restart the drills last weekend.

When they were held last, about 50,000 South Korean troops and 20,000 US troops participated.

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War Games

The US and South Korea have held such war games in the past (Image: Getty)

Yoon Suk-yeol

Yoon Suk-yeol has called for closer ties with the US, including bringing nuclear weapons back (Image: Getty)

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has stated his desire to strengthen ties with the United States following his predecessor Moon Jae-in preferring diplomatic dialogue as the main form of communication with the North.

Mr Yoom seeks the return of US bombers and submarines to South Korean territory, a move that will no doubt be seen a Kim as a highly provocative measure.

The United States removed all of its nuclear weapons from the peninsula in 1991.

US President Joe Biden has expressed an interest in dialogue with North Korea, yet no incentives have been offered by either party to meet at the table.

North Korea is under extremely tough punitive measures in the form of sanctions by the US, yet still continues to immerse itself into nuclear research and tests.

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Kim Yo-jong

Kim Yo-jong has threatened South Korea earlier this year over pre-emptive strikes (Image: Getty)

Kim younger sister Kim Yo-jong has stepped into the limelight in exact times with her fiery rhetoric and threats towards the South.

Earlier this year, Ms Kim called South Korean Defence Minister Suh Wook a “senseless and scum-like guy” and warned Seoul it faced a “serious threat” following the South suggesting it may consider pre-emptive strikes on the North.

She said: “The senseless and scum-like guy dares mention a ‘pre-emptive strike’ at a nuclear weapons state.

“South Korea may face a serious threat owing to the reckless remarks made by its defence minister.

“The country should discipline itself if it wants to stave off disaster.”

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The Interview

Seth Rogen starred in The Interview, a Hollywood film covering the assassination of Kim Jong-un (Image: Getty)

Although there is no mention of a direct threat on Kim’s life, in wider circles, a US Hollywood film “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen saw the subject cover the notion of assassinating the North Korean leader.

The executive director for The Centre for North Korea-US Peace, Kim Myong-choi, slammed the film saying the movie showed “the desperation of the US government and American society".

Mr Myong-choi, who is a Japanese-based unofficial spokesman for the Pyonyang administration, said the plot of 'The Interview' was “ironic” due to the America’s past record of assassinating leaders.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: "A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”

"And let us not forget who killed President John F. Kennedy – Americans.”

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Major Michael Rebber

Major Michael Rebber, 36, Head of the IDF Prosecutor’s Office’s Deserters and Integration section, has a dream: to provide the estimated 3,000 individuals who each year choose to leave the Haredi world in Israel with a sense of community and support, while also helping them bridge significant social, cultural and educational gaps, enabling them to become independent and contributing members of society, and to realize their full educational, professional and personal potential.

Major Rebber knows better than most people the stress and suffering endured by these men and women. He himself came to the IDF from the Haredi world and to help his fellow “Chozrim B’She’ela” (Hebrew for the opposite of “Chozrim B’Tshuvah,” secular Jews who become religious), he asked to help deal with this HR issue.

Rebber is part of an association called “Out for Change” that was founded in 2013 by a group of former Haredim who were driven by their personal experiences to help others who have chosen a similar path and by the belief in the incredible potential that former Haredim have to contribute to Israeli society.

According to their website, they are employing a “holistic approach,” offering assistance “to anyone who asks for help, at any stage of the process and endeavors to meet any and all needs, whether in-house or through referrals to partner organizations and public services.”

The IDF has established the Netzah Yehuda Battalion for Haredi recruits looking for combat assignments, and Shachar (Haredi integration) for non-combatant recruits. However, both these units are examples of the IDF’s efforts to help Haredi soldiers preserve their practices within the military environment. But what about Haredi recruits who see the army as their chance to break free from their lifestyle?

Mind you, these are not necessarily individuals who no longer practice their faith, they only wish to do it in a less restrictive environment. With help from Major Rebber and his Out for Change group, the IDF HR now automatically identifies these soldiers and allows them to postpone their enlistment so they could complete their high school studies and Improve their chances to land a rewarding military assignment. When they first show up at the reception and screening base (Bakum), they are admitted to a special screening process that tests their abilities through an interview, rather than go by their school work. The system assumes they are coming in with gaps in their core curriculum knowledge and goes about helping them Improve it.

Rebber and his organization see their goal in helping these 3,000 or so recruits each year escape three years in the army during which their intellectual skills, honed by the yeshivas, are ignored and they are relegated to janitorial work.

“In the last six months, we have accompanied many candidates for military service who graduated from Haredi education to reach key positions, for example in Unit 8200 (collecting signal intelligence and code decryption – DI) or the Research Division of Military Intelligence,” Rebber told Israel Hayom on Sunday (מדיניות חדשה בצה״ל לשילוב בוגרי החינוך החרדי). “Now these worthy people will no longer have to struggle to get to the positions that suit them.”

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Killexams : Training for the worst

For the past three weeks, CFB Suffield has been host to more than 380 military personnel from 13 different NATO countries, participating in live-agent chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear precise response training.

Formerly known as Exercise Precise Response, the training aims to enhance existing understandings of and responses to CBRN warfare and through multi-national collaboration. Over the three-week period, military personnel of all ranks and specialties, including commanding officers, researchers, front-line medics and laboratory specialists, participate in a variety of scenarios meant to simulate real-world CBRN events.

"We are linked with other partners from the intelligence community... to be able to provide training around what to do if worst comes to worse," exercise director Major Christian Lepage told the News. "With that, you get an increased level of readiness for all the (NATO) nations and you carry on with it."

Lepage says the annual training provides military personnel an invaluable opportunity to practise CBRN tactics, technique and procedures, as well as share ideas and technology.

Major David Fortin, a logistics officer and formerly a firefighter and paramedic, explained the controlled nature of the training is beneficial not only for participants, but also for researchers - defence scientists - who are able to test their work prior to usage.

"We're training here (because Suffield) has this permanent facility; Defence Research and Development Canada," Fortin said. "(With) a lot of very smart people, like PhD (graduates) who are specialized in all the threats we are facing.

"There is permanent research that is done (on) chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear. And they also do studies on the medicine that is being been deployed or the suits we use or the decontamination equipment... That's why we're doing this with our NATO partners, because all the countries are converging together to make better products."

Lepage agrees, saying the training exercise "brings relevance and context to defence scientists to accomplish (their) research mandate."

Lepage and Fortin are glad to be back at Suffield for the training, after a two-year pause resulting from the pandemic.

Deemed the only suitable venue for live-agent training in Canada, Suffield offers many on-site or nearby amenities - like a DRDC facility and staged training buildings; security which ensures the protection of training participants, community members and local wildlife; as well as ample space for large-scale simulations.

Such features are a draw for military members outside Canada, Colonel Stephan Saalow of Germany said.

"The biggest benefit is the unique scenarios and the scientific background Canada is really providing us," said Saalow. "We only have it in Canada, here in Medicine Hat or in Suffield. That's the professional part. The (other) motivation for my soldiers to come to Canada and train in the prairie, is because we are living in Medicine Hat in a nice environment."

Saalow, who will take over commandership of NATO's Combined Joint CBRN Defence Task Force in 2023, has taken part in the Exercise Precise Response training multiple times, but remains a firm believer in its benefits.

"The team of scientists, the team of the staff here is so great because they have fantastic ideas, which they get from real life," Saalow said. "And they challenge the team. (Some of) my soldiers been here six or seven times. Every time they learn something different... they learned something new. And this is exactly what our opponents are going to do. They don't lay back and say 'Yeah, it's good enough.' No, our opponents also develop and so we have to develop with them to be better than them."

Saalow was one of several military personnel taking part in a decontamination exercise Tuesday morning. Working collaboratively, participants from numerous nations entered sea-cans, each containing a unique simulated CBRN environment, then put into effect Canada's decontamination practice as it would be carried out in real-life.

Participants not only donned genuine decon suits, they also worked in a fully functional, three-section, 10-person decontamination system; rehearsing protocol for people with and without injuries, the deceased and materials, like vehicles.

The NATO Exercise Precise Response training concludes Friday.

KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News

Tue, 26 Jul 2022 21:10:00 -0500 en-CA text/html
Killexams : Latest Developments in Ukraine: August 4

For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine.

The latest developments in Russia's war on Ukraine. All times EDT.

10:05 p.m.: Russia may launch an offensive in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson to try to wrest back momentum from Kyiv and has been visibly building up forces, Ukrainian General Oleksiy Hromov said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Russia holds swathes of Ukraine's south that it captured in the early phases of its Feb. 24 invasion, but Kyiv has vowed to mount a major counter-offensive and used sophisticated western weapons to hit Russian supply lines and ammo dumps.

Hromov said Russia had brought in a large amount of weapons and hardware to the northeast of the strategically important southern region of Kherson, much of which is occupied by Russia.

"It's possible the enemy may or will try to carry out offensive operations deep into our territory in order to seize the initiative and threaten the development of our success in order to force the (Ukrainian army) to stop expanding bridgeheads and go on the defensive," he told a news conference.

8:11 p.m.: Around 50 mourners escorted two caskets draped in satin through a leafy cemetery in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region Thursday, family members of two soldiers killed last week on the nearby front.

One casket was opened to reveal the military fatigues-clad body of 48-year-old Oleh Panchenko, which bore visible face injuries.

"Our hero, I will be proud of you forever," Panchenko's mother, Lilia, said through bouts of uncontrolled sobbing as she leaned over her son, kissing his forehead. "God, why are you taking our boys from us?"

The funeral in Pokrovsk brought to 20 the number of Ukrainian soldiers buried there, in a newer section of the cemetery dedicated to military fatalities.

Nearly all of them were killed since Russia's invasion began on February 24, though others fell during the last eight years of fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists over control of the eastern Donbas region.

7:12 p.m.: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) should tread a fine line so as not to consume all oil reserves, its Secretary-General Haitham al-Ghais told Al-arabiya TV on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Al-Ghais also commented on OPEC's decision on Wednesday to increase production by 100,000 barrels per day by saying: "we aim to test market reaction."

The secretary-general also said the organization was not in a competition with Russia saying: "the market has room for all," adding even with the discounts we heard Russia is giving to Asia.

6:21 p.m.: More grain ships approved to leave Ukraine.

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) has authorized the departure of three vessels, two from Chornomorsk and one from Odesa, carrying a total of 58,041 tons of corn through the maritime humanitarian corridor under the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The vessels authorized to move Friday morning are:

M/V Polarnet, anchored in Chornomorsk port, with a cargo of 12,000 metric tons of corn destined to Karasu, Turkey;
M/V Navistar, anchored in Odesa port, with a cargo of 33,000 metric tons of corn with destination Ringaskiddy, Ireland;

M/V Rojen, anchored in Chornomorsk port, with a cargo of 13,041 metric corn destined to Teesport, United Kingdom.

The JCC has also authorized the movement, pending inspection, of M/V Fulmar S, inbound for Chornomorsk. It is currently at anchorage at the inspection area northwest of Istanbul.

The three outbound vessels are estimated to depart in the morning from their respective ports. Timings may be affected based on readiness, weather conditions or other unexpected circumstances. Inspection is expected to take place after arrival at the anchorage area in Turkish territorial waters.

5:19 p.m.: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday the war was the most dangerous moment for Europe since World War II and that Russia must not be allowed to win it, according to Reuters.

Amid fears among some politicians in the West that Russia's ambitions may extend beyond Ukraine, Stoltenberg warned Putin that the response to such a move from the Western military alliance would be overwhelming.

"If President Putin even thinks of doing something similar to a NATO country as he has done to Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine, then all of NATO will be involved immediately," Stoltenberg said.

The war has led previously non-aligned Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership, with the request so far ratified by 23 of the 30 member states, including the United States, which ratified their memberships Wednesday.

4:25 p.m.:

3:25 p.m.: Global oil prices dropped on Thursday to their lowest levels since before Russia's February invasion of Ukraine as traders thinking about a recession later this year that could torpedo energy demand.

Benchmark Brent crude futures settled at $94.12, the lowest close since Feb. 18. West Texas Intermediate crude futures settled at $88.54, the lowest close since Feb. 2.

The fall in oil prices could come as a relief to large consumer nations including the United States and countries in Europe, which have been urging producers to ramp up output to offset tight supplies and combat raging inflation.

Oil had surged to well over $120 a barrel earlier in the year.

2:30 p.m.:

2:05 p.m.: Canada will send up to 225 personnel to the United Kingdom to train Ukrainian military recruits, starting with the first troops next week, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Ukraine has been forced to cede some territory in the east of the country in the face of a Russian offensive, and the head of the NATO military alliance said Moscow must not be allowed to win the war, which began with Russia's invasion in February.

The Canadian Armed Forces has trained more than 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel since 2015, but paused aspects of the training effort since February.

"We have now entered a new and very dangerous phase of this conflict with (Russia) engaging in a protracted attempt to inflict long-term damage on Ukraine and its people," Anand said in Toronto.

"I am therefore announcing today that we are fulfilling our promise to resume large-scale training."

1:35 p.m.:

1:15 p.m.: NATO members are working closely with defense companies to ensure Ukraine gets more supplies of weapons and equipment to be prepared for the long haul in its war with Russia, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

"We are providing a lot of support but we need to do even more and be prepared for the long haul," Stoltenberg told Reuters in an interview.

"Therefore we're also now in close contact and working closely with the defense industry to produce more and to deliver more of different types of ammunition, weapons and capabilities," he said.

12:40 p.m.:

12:25 p.m.: NASA and the White House have since late last year quietly drawn up contingency plans for the International Space Station in light of tensions with Moscow that began building before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to nine people with knowledge of the plans, Reuters reported.

The U.S. space agency's game planning shows how the U.S. is juggling its relationship with Russia, a crucial ally on the international space station project, which also involves such corporate names as Boeing, SpaceX and Northrup Grumman.

At risk is a two-decade old alliance NASA has sought to preserve as one of the few remaining links of civil cooperation between the two superpowers.

The plans drafted by U.S. officials laid out ways to pull all astronauts off the station if Russia were to abruptly leave, keep it running without crucial hardware provided by the Russian space agency, and potentially dispose of the orbital laboratory years earlier than planned, according to three of the sources, all of whom asked not to be identified.

12:10 p.m.: The eastern Ukrainian city of Druzhkivka has almost no drinking water and wherever the residents can find it, people line up with canisters to gather it. Many parts of the Donetsk region are without a regular supply of water. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has this report.

11:55 a.m.: The International Crisis Group has released a report assessing the exact deal involving Ukraine and Russia to allow grain exports via the Black Sea.

Titled “Who are the Winners in the Black Sea Grain Deal,” the report analyzes the accord, a product of months of diplomacy which “have yielded a set of agreements allowing Ukraine to export grain via the Black Sea.”

Its experts assess the outcomes of the accord “which could be significant even if it does not by itself push down global food prices.”

11:45 a.m.: The White House released a statement by U.S. President Joe Biden Thursday, immediately after a judge in Russia sentenced American basketball star Brittney Griner for drug possession and smuggling.

“American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,” Biden said. “It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates,” he added.

Biden said his administration would “continue to work tirelessly” to secure the release of Griner and another American held prisoner in Russia, Paul Whelan.

11:35 a.m.:

11:25 a.m.: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, VOA's Dorian Jones reported.

A just-concluded deal on freeing up Ukrainian grain, along with Russian backing for a new Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces will be on the agenda.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Friday meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi will be the second time the two leaders have met in a month.

The meeting comes just after the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain left the Black Sea under a Turkey-U.N.-brokered deal between Kyiv and Moscow.

11:00 a.m.: The Bank of England projected Thursday that the United Kingdom’s economy will enter a recession at the end of the year as it hiked interest rates by the largest amount in more than 27 years, pushing to tame accelerating inflation driven by the fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine, The Associated Press reported.

“There is an economic cost to the war,” Bank of England Gov. Andrew Bailey said at a news conference. “But I have to be clear, it will not deflect us from setting monetary policy to bring inflation back to the 2% target.”

The bleak outlook in the world’s fifth-largest economy shows the ripple effect of the war, with people mired in a cost-of-living crisis that has surged the cost of everything from groceries to utility bills. Recession is also a growing concern in Europe as shrinking flows of natural gas from Russia drive inflation and threaten to force factories to ration this winter.

10:25 a.m.: In the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, active fighting continues on the outskirts of the city as Russian forces try to capture the key area. The city itself is half-empty. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent Maryan Kushnir spoke to one of the few residents who refuse to leave despite the fighting.

10:10 a.m.: A Turkish bulk carrier is expected to arrive in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Chornomorsk on Friday and will be the first vessel to arrive at a Ukrainian port during Russia's invasion, a spokesperson for the regional administration of Odesa said, according to Reuters.

"The Turkish bulk carrier Osprey S, flying the flag of Liberia, is heading from the Dardanelles Strait to the port of Chornomorsk," Serhiy Bratchuk, the spokesperson, wrote on Telegram late on Wednesday.

As of Thursday afternoon, Osprey S was anchored in the Sea of Marmara, around 1 kilometre (0.62 mile) off Istanbul's Asian coast, along with other ships waiting to cross the Bosphorus in to the Black Sea, according to a Reuters witness.

9:30 a.m.:

9:05 a.m.: Ukrainian forces have exposed civilians to Russian attacks at times by basing themselves in schools, residential buildings and other places in populated areas, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

In a report released Thursday, Amnesty International said its researchers between April and July “found evidence of Ukrainian forces launching strikes from within populated residential areas, as well as basing themselves in civilian buildings in 19 towns and villages” in three regions of the country. Amnesty also said it found Ukrainian forces using hospitals as military bases in five places, which the human rights group called “a clear violation of international humanitarian law.”

At the same time, its authors stressed that the “Ukrainian military’s practice of locating military objectives within populated areas does not in any way justify indiscriminate Russian attacks.”

The Associated Press reported that its journalists observed scenes on several occasions in exact weeks that mirrored the human rights group’s findings. They included attack sites in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, and communities in the eastern Donetsk region where Ukrainian fighters, their vehicles or other items such as ammunition were still present, the AP said.

Ukraine’s government disputed the report by Amnesty International, according to the Kyiv Independent.“Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the President's Office, accused Amnesty International of participating in the Russian disinformation and propaganda campaign to discredit Ukraine's military,” the news organization said. “Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also said he was outraged by the "unfair" report,” it added.

8:45 a.m.: The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Ukraine supported training workshops in the capital Kyiv this week aimed at teaching families about the risks of explosive ordnance.

8:25 a.m.: Ukraine said on Thursday it had repelled multiple Russian assaults on a strategic stronghold in the east of the country, Reuters reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this week described the pressure his armed forces were under in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine as "Hell". He spoke of fierce fighting around the town of Avdiivka and the fortified village of Pisky, where Kyiv has acknowledged its Russian foe's "partial success" in exact days.

The Ukrainian military said on Thursday Russian forces had mounted at least two assaults on Pisky but that Ukraine troops had managed to repel them.Ukraine has spent the last eight years fortifying defensive positions in Pisky, viewing it as a buffer zone against Russian-backed forces who control the city of Donetsk about 10 km (6 miles) to the southeast.

The Russian defense ministry on Thursday confirmed its forces were on the offensive. It said they had inflicted heavy losses on Ukrainian forces around Avdiivka and two other locations in Donetsk province, forcing Kyiv's mechanized and mechanized infantry units to withdraw.

Reuters could not immediately verify either side's assertions.

8:05 a.m.:

7:50 a.m.: Eight people were killed and four were wounded in Russian artillery shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town of Toretsk in Donetsk region on Thursday, the regional governor said, according to Reuters.

The shelling hit a public transport stop where people had gathered, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote on Telegram. Three children were among the wounded, he said.

Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian president's chief of staff, said the attack was "another terrorist act" by Russia, and repeated his calls for other nations to declare Russia a state sponsor of terror, a move which would bring further sanctions on Moscow.

Russia has previously denied targeting civilians and has rejected allegations of war crimes in what it calls a "special military operation" aimed at demilitarizing and "denazifying" Ukraine. Ukraine says it was invaded without provocation.

7:35 a.m.:

7:20 a.m.: The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog appealed for access to a Ukrainian nuclear power plant now controlled by Russian forces to determine whether it was a source of danger, Reuters reported Thursday.

Contact with the Europe's largest nuclear plant, which is at Zaporizhzhia and is being operated by Ukrainian technicians, was "fragile" and communications did not function every day, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi told Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger.

"We can't afford faulty communication with the plant in areas relevant to safety. We know of allegations that live ammunition is stored in the plant, that there are attacks on the power plant," he said in interview published in German.

"Frankly, if I don't have access, I can't determine that. There are contradictions between the accounts of the Russian and Ukrainian sides. I receive information, I also mention it in my situation reports, but I have no way of determining whether it corresponds to the facts."

7:00 a.m.:

6:45 a.m.: A Syrian ship that Ukraine says is carrying stolen Ukrainian grain has left a Lebanese port after officials in Lebanon allowed it to sail following an investigation, Lebanon’s transport minister tweeted on Thursday.

The Syrian-flagged Laodicea had been anchored at the port of Tripoli since it arrived last Thursday, carrying 10,000 tons of wheat flour and barley, according to The Associated Press. Ukraine says the grain was stolen by Russia, a claim it denies.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian Ambassador to Lebanon Ihor Ostash urged Lebanon not to allow the vessel to leave the port. A judge on Wednesday said the Laodicea can sail, a day after Lebanon’s prosecutor general decided the ship could leave after an investigation showed it was not carrying stolen Ukrainian grain.

Transport Minister Ali Hamie tweeted that “Syrian-flagged Laodicea is now outside Lebanon’s territorial waters.” It was not immediately clear where the ship is heading but Marine Traffic, a website that monitors vessel traffic and location of ships on seas, showed it moving toward the Syrian coast.

6:25 a.m.:

6:10 a.m.: U.S. officials believe Russia is working to fabricate evidence concerning last week’s deadly strike on a prison, housing prisoners of war, in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine.

U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russia is looking to plant false evidence to make it appear that Ukrainian forces were responsible for the July 29 attack on Olenivka Prison that left 53 dead and wounded dozens more, a U.S. official familiar with the intelligence finding told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Russia has claimed that Ukraine’s military used U.S.-supplied rocket launchers to strike the prison in Olenivka, a settlement controlled by the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic.

The Ukrainian military denied making any rocket or artillery strikes in Olenivka. The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian defense ministry claimed in a statement Wednesday to have evidence that local Kremlin-backed separatists colluded with the Russian FSB, the KGB’s main successor agency, and mercenary group Wagner to mine the barrack before “using a flammable substance, which led to the rapid spread of fire in the room.”

5:50 a.m.:

5:35 a.m.: The U.N. Human Rights Office on Thursday tweeted excerpts from a speech by its chief, Michelle Bachelet, in which she spoke of a “grim picture” in the world, saying democracy is “ailing” in several regions.

“Just as we thought we were slowly emerging from a global health pandemic, the armed attack in Ukraine, and its socio-economic consequences globally, have thrown us deeper into turbulence,” she said.

“And polarization both within and between countries continues to grow, the weakening of multilateralism, of the international legal order – and of international law itself, with immense consequences on human rights,” Bachelet added.

Bachelet was speaking at the opening workshop for the International Association of Jesuit Universities, at Boston College, on August 3.

5:20 a.m.: Closing arguments in Brittney Griner’s cannabis possession case in Russia are set for Thursday. The basketball star faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted for having vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage.

4:30 a.m. As Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, Ukrainians face a worsening health emergency, said the World Health Organization. A combination of burnt-out staff, increased shelling and the approach of winter is fueling the agency's concerns.

In an interview with Reuters, the WHO's Ukraine emergency coordinator Heather Papowitz said healthcare teams in many areas have become used to working with shelling outside their window.

3:20 a.m.: Many Ukrainian refugees are still struggling to find jobs in their European Union host countries, reports The Associated Press. Faced with language barriers and unable to prove their education or expertise, many have settled for jobs far different than those they left behind, with highly educated professionals working as hotel housekeepers or bartenders.

2 a.m.: The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense shares its latest intelligence on the situation in Ukraine.

1 a.m.: According to The Kyiv Independent, Ukraine's Education Minister Serhiy Shkarlet estimates that 641,000 of the country's children remain abroad after leaving as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

12:02 a.m.: Though the first grain ship to leave Ukraine under a Black Sea wartime deal passed inspection in Istanbul and is heading to Lebanon, Ukraine says 17 other vessels loaded with grain are waiting for permission to leave its ports, according to The Associated Press. No word yet on when they could depart.

Some information in this report came from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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