Ukraine

LONG READ: China and Russia, the industrial production superpowers that could win a war

Ben Aris in Berlin March 1, 2024

China is now "the world’s sole manufacturing superpower" and Russia’s productive power is greater than that of Germany’s, according to recent studies on the changes to the world’s manufacturing make up.

In Ukraine’s Donbas, complex questions of identity and loyalty

Neil Hauer in Sviatohirsk February 29, 2024

An unrepentantly Russian Orthodox colony now finds itself accused of wavering loyalties by Ukraine’s political leadership.

Putin warns Nato of risk of nuclear war, tries to rally the population in his State of the Nation speech

Ben Aris in Berlin February 29, 2024

Putin rattled Russia’s nuclear sabre and tried to rally the people to his flag in a time of war in his annual State of the Nation Address to both houses of the Federal Assembly, the Russian parliament, on February 29.

Ukraine's Zelenskiy seeks support from Southeast Europe at Tirana summit

bne IntelliNews February 28, 2024

Ukrainian president and Albanian prime minister warn of Russian threat to destabilise the region.

US hit Russian banks with most effective sanctions yet

Ben Aris in Berlin February 28, 2024

The US has unleashed two rounds of sanctions on Russia’s banks that are proving to be some of the most effective measures to curb Russia’s ability to do business yet.

Czech plan reportedly secures 800,000 pieces of ammunition for Ukraine

Albin Sybera February 28, 2024

Czechs use worldwide arms contacts to locate ammunition stocks which “for political reasons” the supplying countries won’t be able to deliver themselves.

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy drops into Saudi in low profile visit

bne correspondent February 27, 2024

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrived in Saudi Arabia on February 27 for discussions with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Russia warns WWIII “inevitable” if West sends troops to Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin February 27, 2024

The Kremlin warned that WWIII would become “inevitable” if Western countries sent troops to fight in Ukraine, "In that case, it’s not going to be about probability, but inevitability, " presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Macron says sending Nato ground troops to Ukraine should not be ruled out

bne IntelliNews February 27, 2024

French president says Russia now presents a greater danger and nothing should be excluded.

EU release thirteenth sanctions packages on Russia

bne IntelliNews February 26, 2024

The EU has finally approved the thirteenth package of sanctions on the Russia, in what observers say are the weakest sanctions year.

Zelenskiy says 31,000 soldiers KIA in first ever comments on Ukraine’s casualty rate

bne IntelliNews February 26, 2024

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in the last two years, putting a figure on the death toll for the first time when speaking at the Year 2024 conference on February 25.

“Unbelievable but true” data show UK firms equipping Russia’s war machine

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2024

Kremlin is end-customer for surging flows of British exports to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Georgia, new analysis indicates.

Time to face some harsh realities about the war in Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2024

The shock of Russia’s surprise invasion of Ukraine on February 24 two years ago was quickly followed by awe at the heroic defence of Kyiv, then delight as Ukrainians fought back, popping the tops of tanks and running circles around the Russians.

Soaring bank deposits in Russia’s poorest regions show where the Kremlin is recruiting its soldiers

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2024

Russia does not release information on the numbers of mobilised and recruited men, or casualties of war in Ukraine; however, the Bank of Finland institute for Emerging Economies has dug into public banking records to work out where soldiers are from.

World Bank says Emerging Europe needs tougher targets to reach net zero by 2060

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague February 22, 2024

New World Bank report charts path to net zero energy in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, but says current ambitions are too modest.

With decisive actions, net zero energy is within reach in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, says new World Bank report

IntelliNews Press Release Service February 22, 2024

A new World Bank report released today lays out pathways for countries in the emerging Europe and Central Asia region to make the shift towards renewable energy and reduce their fossil fuel dependence.

With decisive actions, net zero energy is within reach in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia, says new World Bank report

IntelliNews Press Release Service February 22, 2024

A new World Bank report released today lays out pathways for countries in the emerging Europe and Central Asia region to make the shift towards renewable energy and reduce their fossil fuel dependence.

Europeans, Ukrainians increasingly at odds over prospect of victory over Russia – polls

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2024

Only one in ten of respondents in the EU believe that Ukraine can win the war against Russia, according to a new survey commissioned by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Kupiansk: Russia’s next target?

Neil Hauer in Kupiansk February 21, 2024

Russia seeks to exploit Ukrainian ammunition and manpower shortages, particularly in the run-up to Vladimir Putin’s ceremonial re-election in mid-March.

Fall of Avdiivka gives Russia the military initiative and Putin a political gift ahead of presidential elections

Ben Aris in Berlin February 21, 2024

The withdrawal from Avdiivka was the correct decision to safeguard the lives of Ukrainian defenders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.

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