UN votes to condemn Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian regions

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2022

Members of the UN overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions on October 12, with some of Russia’s earlier supporters also joining the motion to censure the move.

bneGREEN: Green investment must triple to save climate

by Roberta Harrington in London October 12, 2022

Investments in renewable energy need to triple by 2050 to put the world on a net-zero trajectory by mid-century, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), part of the United Nations.

Ukraine’s inflation rises to 24.6% y/y in September

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2022

Ukraine’s inflation accelerated to 1.9% in September 2022 month on month and 24.6% y/y

Putin’s dwindling circle of friends in Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2022

The number of European countries friendly towards Moscow has dwindled to just a handful since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February.

IMF BLOG: Policymakers need steady hand as storm clouds gather over global economy

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas Economic Counsellor and the Director of Research of the IMF. October 11, 2022

One-third of the world economy will likely contract this year or next amid shrinking real incomes and rising prices. The global economy continues to face the challenges of war, a cost-of-living crisis and an energy crisis.

Ukraine assesses the damage from Russia’s missile attack

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2022

Ukraine was assessing the damage from Russia’s country-wide missile attack that hit a dozen cities on the morning of October 10, targeting both power stations and residential spaces. Rockets rained down on Ukraine as residents began to wake up.

"We are not scared, we are just very very angry" – Ukrainians respond to major missile attacks on Kyiv

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin October 10, 2022

Russia’s missile strikes on Kyiv have broken two months of relative peace in the capital and once again imprinted a bloody reminder of Moscow’s willingness to cause mass destruction.

RIMMER: Post-Putin Russia is worse, not better

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2022

Vladimir Putin, the recidivist war criminal, might well have dreamt of Marilyn Monroe’s breathy returns in his ear or even the Nobel Peace Prize on a silver platter for his seventieth birthday.

UPDATED: Kyiv, Dnipro and half a dozen other cities hit by rocket attacks

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2022

Dozens of missiles struck the centres of Kyiv and half a dozen regional cities without warning on the morning of October 10, sending residents scurrying for cover in bomb shelters and the metro.

VISEGRAD BLOG: European family gathering mostly avoids fights

Robert Anderson in Prague October 9, 2022

European Political Community isolates Russia, welcomes back UK and reassures EU candidate countries.

Truck bomb destroys part of Kerch bridge to Crimea

bne IntelliNews October 8, 2022

A truck driving over the Kerch bridge that connects the Russian mainland to Crimea exploded in the early hours of October 8 destroying a section of the bridge and setting an adjacent fuel train on fire, in the latest setback for President Putin.

Ukraine war leads to traffic jams in Georgia

Nini Gabritchidze for Eurasianet October 7, 2022

International transport routes through Ukraine and Russia have been disrupted, and Georgia has become a popular alternative.

Head of Ukraine's national bank under criminal investigation days after resignation

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin October 7, 2022

The head of the National Bank of Ukraine, Kyryl Shevchenko, is under criminal investigation following allegations of fraud, Economic Pravda reported on October 6.

Kyiv fires back at Putin's order to take over Zaporizhzhia power plant

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin October 7, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree transferring the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) to Russian federal ownership, Ukrainian Pravda reported on October 5. In turn, Ukraine condemned the illegal action.

Lukashenko draws himself deeper into Putin’s war

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2022

Lukashenko has now officially admitted a certain participation by Belarus in Russia’s war in Ukraine, likely due to increased pressure from Putin for more political support. Now Lukashenko is drawing himself even deeper into Putin’s war.

NEMETHY: Is the world heading towards a “polycrisis”?

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors October 5, 2022

According to historian Adam Tooze, we are currently potentially facing a “polycrisis”: a number of smaller to medium-sized crises in the world that have the potential to combine and reinforce each other.

Russia strikes Kyiv Oblast with "Kamikaze" drones from Iran

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin October 5, 2022

‘Kamikaze’ drone attacks were reported 80 km from Kyiv in the city of Bila Tserkva on the night of October 4. The drones are allegedly part of the Iranian-made Shahed series, which Russia has used on the battlefields since September.

Central Asians targeted in Russia’s desperate mobilisation drive

Eurasianet October 5, 2022

Rights activists insist Central Asian labourers are being conned.

Head of National Bank of Ukraine resigns over health issues

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin October 5, 2022

The head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) resigned on October 4 citing health-related reasons.

OPINION: Ukraine refugee-internal displacement bond gains traction

Gary Kleiman of Kleiman Intl Consultants Inc October 4, 2022

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