About: Russia-Ukraine

Politics 26-04-2022

German Social Democrats under pressure over Schröder’s ties to Putin

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats find themselves haunted by the legacy of former chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who held a close friendship with Putin, while they find themselves also increasingly isolated within their own coalition government.
Agrifood 21-04-2022

Small farmers: The unsung heroes of the Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has thrown up concerns over food security, both in the war-torn country and elsewhere in the world. But the key to ensuring Ukraine's food supply may come from an unlikely place: small and medium-scale farmers.
Europe's East 08-04-2022

Russia laments ‘tragedy’ of troop deaths as Ukraine braces for major offensive

Russia gave the most damning assessment so far of its invasion, describing the “tragedy” of mounting troop losses and the economic hit from sanctions as Ukrainians were evacuated from eastern cities before an anticipated major offensive. Moscow’s six-week long incursion...
Europe's East 25-03-2022

UN: Over 6.5 million Ukrainians displaced after one month of war

More than 6.5 million people are currently displaced inside Ukraine while 3.7 million have fled the country since the Russian invasion started one month ago, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday (25 March).
Agrifood 23-03-2022

Russia deliberately targets Ukraine’s food supply to create hunger, says Commission

Russia is deliberately targeting Ukraine’s food supply in a bid to create hunger in the country, according to EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, who drew parallels between now and the great famine of the 1930s, the ‘Holodomor’.
Energy 18-03-2022

Europe faces struggle to escape Russian gas this year

The European Commission's plan to cut dependence on Russian gas this year will be hard to achieve and could trigger a competitive and costly dash for the fuel when energy prices are already inflicting economic pain.
Energy 17-03-2022

War economics means Europe must ban all energy imports from Russia

Europe must fully displace Russian coal, oil and gas as fast as possible. The only option is to initiate a three-step embargo on Russian energy commodities imports to the EU – coal immediately, oil in the coming weeks, and gas by the end of the year, writes Thierry Bros.
Energy 16-03-2022

EU summit draft backs urgent refilling of gas stores for next winter

European Union countries should immediately start refilling their gas stores to prepare for next winter and provide a buffer against supply shocks, EU country leaders will say at a summit next week.
Europe's East 14-03-2022

Tens of thousands join anti-war demos in Germany

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in cities across Germany on Sunday (13 March) to call for peace and protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, police and organisers said.
Technology 10-03-2022

Pressure mounts to include Russia’s tech giant Yandex in the EU sanction list

***This article was updated with a comment from Yandex.*** A group of progressive MEPs are preparing to question the European Commission on why Russia’s largest technology company has been excluded from the sanctions list so far, while Baltic states are...
Agrifood 09-03-2022

Commission doubles ambition for EU biomethane production from agricultural waste

The European Commission has doubled its objective for home-grown biomethane production to 35 billion cubic metres per year by 2030 as part of efforts to bolster the bloc against a looming energy crisis, according to a new communication.
Europe's East 05-03-2022

Situation ‘getting worse’ in Romania: 50,000 refugees in two days

Emil Boc, the former prime minister of Romania, spoke with EURACTIV about the influx of Ukrainian refugees, the EU's dependence on Russian gas and the EU's unity on the sidelines of a summit of the regions and cities in Marseille.
Politics 04-03-2022

EP’s Metsola convenes emergency state parliament session

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the European Parliament President Roberta Metsola (EPP) convened a meeting of national parliament speakers to coordinate the European response, telling them that “Kyiv is under siege and so is democracy”.
Media 04-03-2022

Russia threatens to block access to Wikipedia

Russia's media watchdog is threatening to block access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia because of its entry on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is the latest in a series of crackdowns on free media coverage since the war broke out.
Agrifood 03-03-2022

EU sanctions on Belarus target key fertiliser amid rising input prices

The EU has banned all imports from Belarus of potash, an important fertiliser that is largely deficient in Europe, in a move that puts further pressure on the agriculture sector already struggling with an input price hike.
Europe's East 01-03-2022

Don’t compare Russia’s war to NATO in Kosovo

As Russia wages an unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, comparisons between Ukraine's plight and NATO’s Balkan interventions of the 1990s have resurfaced. But whatever the Ukrainian crisis is, it is not Kosovo, writes Sidita Kushi.
Agrifood 01-03-2022

Ukraine war puts EU food security into spotlight, agri sector told to brace for impact

The war in Ukraine has thrown the thorny issue of food security in the EU to the fore as the European Commission warns the EU agri-food sector to brace itself for impact, both now and in the long term.
Health 27-02-2022

EU relaxes entry paperwork for pets travelling with Ukrainian refugees

The European Commission has strongly advised member states to cut red tape for Ukrainian citizens fleeing from the war to safety in the EU with their pet animals, to give refugees "one less thing to worry about".
Global Europe 24-02-2022

EU ‘hybrid power’ to face the Russian threat

President Vladimir Putin’s actions of military aggression may be giving European unity and the transatlantic alliance a new lease of life. But it comes at the expense of Ukraine and its people and a potentially high economic and political cost for the EU, writes Ricardo Borges de Castro.
Europe's East 24-02-2022

Germany supports massive sanctions to retaliate against Russia

Russia's military aggression against Ukraine will be met with massive sanctions, top German officials announced on Thursday (24 February), after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a military operation with airforce and ground troops against its neighbour.
Global Europe 15-02-2022

Scholz confident in finding diplomatic solution after Russia talks

After four hours of talks in the Kremlin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday (15 February) that there would be enough common ground to continue diplomacy to avert war between Russia and Ukraine.
Global Europe 14-02-2022

Scholz heads to Kyiv, Moscow in bid to prevent war in Europe

As the tensions in Ukraine reach a critical phase, German chancellor Olaf Scholz will travel to Kyiv and Moscow on Monday and Tuesday (14 and 15 February) in a bid to prevent the outbreak of war and bring Russia back to the negotiation table.
Cybersecurity 09-02-2022

European, US regulators tell banks to prepare for Russian cyberattack threat

The European Central Bank is preparing banks for a possible Russian-sponsored cyber attack as tensions with Ukraine mount, two people with knowledge of the matter said, as the region braces for the financial fallout of any conflict.