Eastern Europe / Features

Poland pushing hard to end oil dependency on Russia

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 10, 2022

Warsaw has been accused of dragging its feet about ending Russian oil imports, while calling for an urgent EU-wide embargo at the same time.

Minsk switches its rhetoric in fear of a domestic political revival

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2022

Lukashenko has demanded that Belarus is granted a place at Russia's and Ukraine's peace negotiations. Minsk is more and more sidestepping its previous war rhetoric against Ukraine, and has stopped calling Russia's invasion a "special operation".

Meduza releases critical video proving civilians killed in Bucha while Russian troops were stationed in the city

Meduza April 8, 2022

Independent Russian publication Meduza has obtained files containing high-quality videos depicting the southern districts of the city of Bucha that show the dead bodies in the street while Russian troops still occupied the Kyivian suburb.

Uzbekistan: Nuclear deal with Russia still on the table despite sanctions

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet April 8, 2022

Even if Rosatom is not targeted by sanctions, its future projects could still be affected.

Russia learning to live with sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin April 7, 2022

The world was shocked after Russian armour rolled over the Ukrainian border on February 24. Now Russia will have to live for decades to come with the consequences of living with the harshest sanctions regime it has ever seen.

Ukrainians withdrew $130mn from “cashback” services at shop’s checkouts in March

bne IntelliNews April 7, 2022

Ukraine’s banking system is still working but with chaos across the country and many branches closed, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) recommends that retail businesses offer “cashback” services to their clients paying by card.

Ukraine’s banking sector well positioned to weather the war storm

bne IntelliNews April 7, 2022

Despite Russian soldiers marching around Ukraine and destroying entire cities, Ukraine’s banking system is still working and has managed to remain stable.

Kazakhstan seeks to thread diplomatic needle over Russia’s Ukraine war

Chris Rickleton for Eurasianet April 6, 2022

Diplomats are trying to put distance between Nur-Sultan and Moscow, but Tokayev wants to show he is still loyal.