The West breaks heavy weapons taboo, but is it enough for Ukraine to win?

Dominic Culverwell in London January 8, 2023

Kyiv is sending a strong message to the West; Ukraine needs offensive weapons if it's going to win this war.

bneGREEN: Record 2022 for coal threatens green targets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh January 6, 2023

World coal consumption reached a new high in 2022 before levelling out in 2023 and 2024, with rising usage in emerging Asian countries cancelling out falling demand in advanced economies.

Mutual FDI in Eurasia has been dominated by Russia, but war and sanctions make the outlook uncertain

Ben Aris in Berlin January 6, 2023

Mutual FDI stock in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries grew fast until Russia went into recession in 2012, when its GDP growth sank to zero. However, it soon started to recover, with Russia playing the leading role in the region.

Putin orders surprise 36-hour Orthodox Christmas ceasefire in Ukraine war

Ben Aris in Berlin January 5, 2023

In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine in observance of Orthodox Christmas.

Mortality rates from the Ukraine war are highest in Russia’s poorest regions

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2023

Russian opposition publication Mediazona released a map on social media that shows the highest mortality rates from the war in Ukraine are in Russia’s poorest regions.

January temperature records broken across Europe

Anna Fleck for Statista January 5, 2023

Eight countries in Europe recorded all-time high temperature records for January on New Year’s Day this year. The following data draws from the visualization of meteorologist Scott Duncan and reports by the BBC, Statista reports.

Fighting back: Graph shows how Russia failed to keep Ukrainian territory

Dominic Culverwell in London January 4, 2023

Russia currently controls 16.55% of Ukraine, a huge drop from its peak of nearly 25% in March. War Mapper, an Open Source Intelligence Twitter account, uploaded several graphs on January 3 visualising the ongoing battle for territorial control.

Where most aid to Ukraine comes from

Anna Fleck for Statista January 4, 2023

The United States pledged $50.9bn in military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine between the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022 and November 20.

Tide of Ukrainian refugees transforms Polish society

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 4, 2023

Influx of more than a million boosts economy and softens attitude to refugees, though fears remain that welcome could soon wear out.

Remittances between the EU and Ukraine expected to recover in 2023 after 10% fall in 2022

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2023

Remittances between the EU and Ukraine will expand in 2023, after declining by between 5% and 10% in 2022, according to money transfer system Tempo France.

Hundreds of Russian soldiers reportedly killed by midnight Ukrainian missile strike on barracks on New Year’s Eve

bne IntelliNews January 2, 2023

Around 400 Russian soldiers were reportedly killed in a Ukrainian HIMARS missile attack in the occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine. The attack hit a building in the city of Makiivka, where Russian forces were believed to be stationed for the holidays.

Survey: 12% of Ukrainian startups shut down, 30% moved abroad at least partially during the war

East West Digital News in Kyiv January 2, 2023

Much has been said about the “resilience” of the Ukrainian tech sector amid the war, but what do entrepreneurs themselves say about the challenges they have faced since February 2022?

While optimism wavers for 2023, hope still wins out

Anna Fleck for Statista January 1, 2023

While global optimism over 2023 has dropped, the world is still on average holding out more hope than not. According to the latest data from Ipsos, a global average of 65% of respondents say they feel 2023 will be better than 2022.

Russia launches devastating missile attack on Ukraine on New Year’s Eve

bne IntelliNews December 31, 2022

The sky over the Russian city of Astrakhan on the Black Sea was full of vapour trails of dozens of missiles on their way to strike Ukrainian cities on New Year’s Eve.

Major missile strike disrupts Ukraine's festivities

Dominic Culverwell in London December 30, 2022

A volley of Russian missile and drone strikes interrupted Ukraine’s festive celebrations on December 29.

Zelenskiy flies to Washington to shore up bipartisan support as the war in Ukraine moves into its middle game

Ben Aris in Berlin December 22, 2022

The war in Ukraine moved into its middle game with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's whirlwind visit to Washington DC on December 21 to shore up bipartisan support from the US.

THE MITTELEUROPEAN VIEW: Western banks go back to square one in CEE

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research December 21, 2022

Major Western banks had already adjusted their regional portfolio allocations back to Central Europe so the Ukraine war has not forced a complete reassessment of business strategies.

Trade journal pulls article describing claim Mongolian airline flew military gear from China to Russia

bne IntelliNews December 16, 2022

Eznis Airways says it is victim of smear campaign. Mongolia’s civil aviation authority says no such flight took place.

Emerging Europe’s greatest scams

bne IntelliNews December 16, 2022

As Mongolians protest against the alleged embezzlement of up to $12.8bn in state coal export revenues, bne IntelliNews takes a look at the other greatest scams in the region over the last three decades.

EU signs off on a watered down ninth package of sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin December 16, 2022

A watered down ninth package of sanctions against Russia was agreed at a late-night session of EU leaders on December 15 after very difficult discussions.