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3 PM ET: Battle for Bakhmut continues, Nebraska restricts gender affirming care, Florida ‘travel advisory’ & More

CNN 5 Things

May 20, 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asks for military aid at the G7summit, while the war in Ukraine continues. Nebraska legislators pass a bill restricting both access to gender affirming and abortion care. A Latino advocacy group issues a travel advisory to Florida after a new immigration law is passed. The mother of a baby abandoned four years ago in Georgia has been identified and charged. And it’s World Bee Day, we tell you how to prevent the pollinator’s extinction.  

Hi there from CNN, I'm Paola Ortiz with the 5 Things you need to know for Saturday, May 20th. As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with leaders at the G7 summit to secure military aid for his country, back at home, the war continues. The head of a Russian mercenary group says his forces have defeated the enemy in a critical eastern town in Ukraine, but the Ukrainian military denies that claim. CNN's Nic Robertson has more.

Wagner mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin claims Russian forces now control the town of Bakhmut. The Ukrainian military says that's not true, that they haven't withdrawn from the town. They continue to fight on the edges in some industrial areas. Units we are in communications with have offensive operations around Bakhmut underway that they say are taking territory back from the Russians. Meanwhile, President Zelensky at the G7 in Japan meeting with allies and partners. They're also meeting with the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, who continues to buy oil from Russia. Zelensky believes that puts money in President Putin's pocket to continue to fight the war. After the meeting, Modi saying that he would give Ukraine all the support it needs.

The push to restrict abortion and gender affirming care for transgender young people continues in states dominated by a Republican majority. In Nebraska, a bill combining both has just been passed by the state's legislature 35 to 15. The Let Them Grow Act was first introduced to stop health care providers from performing gender transition surgeries and prescribing puberty, blocking meds and hormone treatments to anyone under 19-years-old. Legislators added a last minute amendment to the bill this week, which will make it illegal for medical personnel to perform an abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, with few exceptions. Protesters packed the Capitol Rotunda in Lincoln during the debate over the bill. Nebraska's governor, Republican Jim Pilen, says he will sign it into law.

A travel advisory has been issued for Florida, but it's not related to weather conditions or COVID 19. The Latino advocacy group, League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, is urging people to avoid traveling to the state because of a new immigration law. Last week, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that requires employers with more than 25 employees to check their immigration status using a federal database known as E-Verify. Employers that don't comply face fines of $1,000 per day until they can provide proof that their employees are legal citizens. On top of that, the law invalidates ID cards, such as driver's licenses issued by other states to illegal immigrants and prevents Florida agencies from offering new ones. LULAC's President Domingo Garcia called the new law, quote, hostile and dangerous. DeSantis claims the law is necessary to fight back against reckless federal government policies and to ensure taxpayers are not footing the bill for illegal immigration.

The mother of a newborn baby who was found alive inside a plastic bag near Atlanta four years ago has been identified and arrested. Karima Jiwani has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated assault and reckless abandonment. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office identified the baby's father about ten months ago using DNA testing, and the sheriff says DNA helped them identify Jiwani as a child's mother within the past week. The baby, dubbed Baby India, was believed to be just hours old. A family found her in a wooded area after they heard what they thought were animal noises. According to the sheriff's office, Jiwani has cooperated with detectives. Their investigation revealed Jiwani had a history of "hidden and concealed pregnancies and surprise births." CNN could not determine whether Jiwanni has an attorney.

Up next, a celebration of bees that has nothing to do with a Renaissance world tour.

Welcome back. Today is B-day as in a B-E-E not B-E-Y. And it's a good reminder that many bees species are in danger because of pesticides, climate change and changes in land use. World Bee also highlights some fun facts about these insects. Here are a few things to remember: One they pollinate flowers which help some of our favorite foods grow like strawberries, potatoes and apples. Two Bees can communicate and make decisions by dancing, especially when they're determining where to start a nest. The better the site, the longer and harder the bees get down. And three, some bees are carnivores. Yep, you heard that right. Most bees feed on pollen and nectar, but some species in Costa Rica have evolved to eat meat like dead animal carcasses instead of flowers.

That's all for us today. Make sure you tune in tomorrow for the latest episode of CNN One Thing. I'm Paola Ortiz. I'll talk to you next time.

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