Farmer protests grip Poland

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 21, 2024

The Polish government is under mounting pressure to deal with the protests and not let domestic politics compromise its support for Ukraine.

EU says no need to extend Ukrainian gas transit deal

Newsbase February 20, 2024

The European Commission finally states position on future of Russian gas transit via Ukraine.

European legal experts add to the growing debate on the legitimacy of the sanctions on Russia’s richest men

Ben Aris in Berlin February 19, 2024

The EU General Court in Luxembourg recently dismissed the sanctions appeal of the Uzbek-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov's appeal against sanctions imposed on him, but legal experts polled by European Interest have criticised the ruling.

Euroclear chief slams plan to use Russian frozen assets

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2024

Euroclear's CEO Lieve Mostrey slammed the G7 plan to use Russia’s frozen assets to fund the war in Ukraine and finance its reconstruction.

McFAUL: Trump does not understand or value Nato and that’s very dangerous

Michael McFaul in Stanford February 14, 2024

I cannot recall another instance in history when a US president invited an enemy to attack our allies. Imagine how those comments sound in Lithuania, Estonia, or Poland.

Polish farmers to step up protests by “complete blockade” of Ukrainian border

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw. February 14, 2024

Protests put Poland’s government in a precarious position ahead of local elections in April.

KSE: Just under 10% of foreign companies working in Russia have left, more than half are staying

Kyiv School of Economics February 13, 2024

As of February 4, 2024, 356 international companies (9.6% of the total number of entries in the KSE database, or 27.8% of the companies that generated revenue in Russia in 2022) have entirely ceased operations in Russia.

EU may sanction Chinese companies for the first time for facilitating Russia’s flourishing trade with friendly countries

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2024

The EU is contemplating the unprecedented step of imposing sanctions on three Chinese companies alleged to be aiding Russia's military actions against Ukraine, Bloomberg reports.

Ukrainian sugar industry at risk as EU mulls import curbs

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2024

The Ukrainian sugar industry faces a dire threat as the EU considers imposing restrictions on sugar exports from Ukraine, potentially leading to the closure of sugar factories, warns the National Association of Sugar Producers.

Ukraine prepares to export biogas to Europe

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2024

Ukrainian authorities are poised to venture into the burgeoning market of biogas exports to Europe.

Inflation in Ukraine for January 2024 fell to 4.7%, down from 5.1% in December

Ben Aris in Berlin February 12, 2024

Inflation in Ukraine for January 2024 fell to 4.7%, down from 5.1% in both December and November.

Tucker Carlson gives Putin a platform to justify his war in Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin February 9, 2024

US journalist Tucker Carlson gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a platform to lay out his justification for attacking Ukraine and clashing with the West that was posted on the ex-Fox News commentator’s X channel on February 8.

President Zelenskiy fires Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhnyi following months of rumours of discontent

bne IntelliNews February 8, 2024

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has fired the leader of the country’s Armed Forces, Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, appointing General Oleksandr Syrskyi as his replacement.

Russia reports a painful RUB308bn deficit in January, but nowhere near as bad as the RUB1.7 trillion deficit in January 2023

Ben Aris in Berlin February 8, 2024

When the January 2023 Russian federal budget deficit numbers came out this week a year ago a collective cheer went up from Western analysts: they were disastrous.

OFAC “smart sanctions” target turbine lubricants and additives in an effort to stop Russian military production

Ben Aris in Berlin February 7, 2024

Two days before Christmas the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) quietly released new sanctions on an esoteric product group: turbine lubricants. But these "smart sanctions" could bring Russian industry to a standstill.

Georgia says it seized explosives sent from Ukraine and destined for Russia

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi February 6, 2024

The Georgian government has consistently accused Kiev of attempting to draw Georgia into its conflict with Russia.

The EU joins the global transport competition, proposes a Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor

Ben Aris in Berlin February 6, 2024

The global pandemic, the war in Ukraine, rising tensions between China and the West and the increasingly fractured world has forced the global economy to remake its major transport routes. Now the EU is getting in on the game.

Yandex N.V. leaves Russia in largest corporate exit since the start of the Ukraine war

Ben Aris in Berlin February 5, 2024

One of the longest-running corporate sagas in Russia is finally coming to an end. Yandex N.V. – the Dutch parent of Russia’s biggest internet company –announced its exit from the Russian market on February 5.

Ukraine’s conflict enters a third phase: the drone war

Ben Aris in Berlin February 5, 2024

In the first months of the war in Ukraine it was the highly mobile hit-and-run teams wielding the US-made shoulder-launched Javelin tank-killers that dominated the fighting.

Ukraine uses satellite guided naval drone to hit and destroy Russian missile corvette, the Ivanovets in a modern warfare first

bne IntelliNews February 5, 2024

For the first time ever, a satellite guided Ukrainian naval drone hit and destroyed the Russian missile corvette, the Ivanovets, in the Black Sea near the Crimea on February 1.