August 22, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Mr. Yamaguchi Hiroaki

1.The United States and South Korea have kicked off joint military drills with scenarios assuming an emergency on the Korean Peninsula. The drills are scheduled from Monday through September 1.
2.US President Joe Biden has discussed the situation in Ukraine with leaders of Britain, France, and Germany. According to a statement issued by the White House on Sunday, “The leaders affirmed their continued support for Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against Russian aggression,” and “They also discussed the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, including the need to avoid military operations near the plant.”
3.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has issued a warning that Russian forces could intensify attacks on his country this week. Wednesday marks six months since Russian forces invaded Ukraine. It is also Ukraine’s independence day, commemorating its departure from the Soviet Union.