Ukraine’s population crashes to 29mn, Uzbekistan overtakes to become fourth biggest in Eurasia

Dominic Culverwell in Kyiv June 6, 2023

Ukraine’s population has dropped to a low of 29mn people, sparking concerns over the future of the country’s demographic, according to a study from the Ukrainian Institute of the Future, Ukraine Business News reported on June 6.

EC bans Ukrainian grain imports to Central Europe for another five months, Kyiv bans sugar exports in response

by Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw, Ben Aris in Berlin June 6, 2023

Five EU member states bordering Ukraine will be allowed to keep some of their restrictions on imports of Ukrainian agricultural produce in place until September 15, the European Commission decided on June 5.

Nova Kakhovka dam destroyed, unleashing a tidal wave of flood waters into southern Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin June 6, 2023

The massive Nova Kakhovka dam has been destroyed in the early hours of June 6, releasing a tidal wave of flood water that quickly swamped towns and villages downstream in southern Ukraine and triggered evacuation orders by local authorities.

Russia says Ukrainian assault has been prevented in Donetsk Oblast, but Kyiv dismisses claim as Ukraine makes advances in Donbas

Dominic Culverwell in Poltava June 5, 2023

Russia claims to have blunted a Ukrainian assault in Donetsk Oblast, but Kyiv says Moscow is sowing disinformation as Ukraine makes advances in Donbas, Reuters reported on June 5.

German Chancellor Scholz roasts pro-Russian hecklers in an uncharacteristically fiery speech

bne IntelliNews June 5, 2023

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz shocked observers after he put down hecklers at a speech in Berlin, delivering a fiery speech that condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “warmonger” and a “murderer” on June 3.

KYIV BLOG: Moldovan EPC – much ado about nothing

Ben Aris in Berlin June 2, 2023

The European great and the good gathered in a Moldovan castle yesterday for the second European Political Community summit and got very little done.

Support for Moldova, solidarity with Ukraine at second EPC summit

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2023

European leaders stress the importance of European solidarity and affirm support for states on the continent’s Eastern Flank.

South Korea emerges as key ammo supplier for Ukraine

bne IntelliNews June 1, 2023

South Korea has entered into a joint venture with Poland to produce arms and ammo that will initially be used to supply Ukraine, but will later contribute to Warsaw’s ambitions to create the largest conventional force in Europe.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Macron makes the weather in Eastern Europe

Robert Anderson in Prague May 31, 2023

The French president tried to persuade sceptical East Europeans that they had nothing to fear from a Europe that was more self-reliant in security – and he almost pulled it off.

War in Ukraine spills into Russia as drones strike Moscow

Ben Aris in London May 30, 2023

The creeping escalation of the war in Ukraine reached a new phase as long-range drones hit residential buildings in Moscow, sending residents fleeing but bringing the fight that has decimated Ukraine home to them.

bneGREEN: Clean energy investment is extending its lead over fossil fuels – IEA

by ROberta May 30, 2023

Investment in clean energy technologies is significantly outpacing spending on fossil fuels as affordability and security concerns triggered by the global energy crisis strengthen the momentum behind more sustainable options, according to the IEA.

Stockholm says Sweden and Turkey’s top diplomats to meet ‘soon’ on Nato expansion

bne IntelIiNews May 29, 2023

Hopes rise Turkish president will clear way for Swedish membership of defence bloc now that his country's elections are over and done with.

UK recruiter targeted by “Russian war misinformation hit job”

Jason Corcoran in London May 29, 2023

Adzuna, a UK-founded global recruitment website, claims it was the victim of an elaborate “Russian war misinformation hit job.”

What really happened to Russia's reconnaissance ship in the Black Sea?

Dominic Culverwell in London May 28, 2023

Ukraine claims drone strike, but Russia says vessel is back in Sevastopol.

Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky refuses to testify in UK High Court trial against PrivatBank's lawsuit

Dominic Culverwell in London May 28, 2023

Kolomoisky, the billionaire former owner of PrivatBank, is accused of multi-billion-dollar fraud and financial misappropriation alongside business partner Hennaidy Boholiubov during their time at the bank.

KABANOVSKY: Where Nazis dare – missing the trees for the forest in Belgorod

Alexander Kabanovsky in Berlin May 27, 2023

Significant developments are unfolding in Russia. On May 22, an unexpected yet strategic incursion into the Belgorod Oblast was orchestrated by the Freedom of Russia Legion (FRL) and the Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC).

Putin proposes abnegation of treaty over Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait, potentially jeopardising Ukraine's grain exports

Dominic Culverwell in London May 26, 2023

A bill was introduced by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the State Duma, proposing the abnegation of the Treaty on Cooperation in use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, Russian media Tass reported on May 24.

Independent partisan groups taking the fight into Russia, NYT reports

Ben Aris in London May 25, 2023

The New York Times reported on May 24 that US intelligence officials believe that Ukraine was behind the drone attack on the Kremlin in May, which Russia claimed was an assassination attempt on President Vladimir Putin.

INTERVIEW: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

`Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius May 25, 2023

“Ukraine’s victory will trigger something big – a change of regime not only in Russia, but in Belarus too.”

Ukraine's Security Service reported to have backed Russian neo-Nazi group which "liberated" Russian village

Ben Aris in London, Dominic Culverwell in London May 23, 2023

Military equipment used by the partisans identified as Western-made supplies given to the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the US and other Nato countries.