Moldova’s struggle with ‘frozen conflict’ and Russian uncertainty
15 May 2022 | 12:56 pm
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting Moldova, the country that has taken in the most Ukrainian refugees relative to its own size. The small nation is one of Europe's poorest and faces many challenges.
A post on Telegram with more than 1.5 million views claims that Russian soldiers found the passport of an alleged US mercenary who died fighting in Ukraine. The "mercenary", Cesar Quintana, is in fact alive and well. We tell you Quintana's real story, involving an international custody battle, in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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The Russian Orthodox Church supports the invasion of Ukraine. But in Germany, a Russian Orthodox monastery is providing shelter and safety to Ukrainian refugees. Politics, they say, are left at the door.
For the very first time, Russian missile attacks have killed civilians in Ukraine's port city of Odesa. Russian officials have not, however, acknowledged any civilian deaths.
Poland and Hungary have shared a tilt towards the nationalist right, bound also by a mutual distrust of the EU. But their relations with Russia are anything but alike.
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With Poland and Bulgaria cut off from Russian gas, major European energy firms are reportedly considering compliance with Moscow's demand to be paid in roubles. Over in the US, Archegos Capital's Bill Hwang pleads not guilty to fraud. Finally, amid a shortage of sunflower oil due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the French government has authorised food companies to change their recipes without altering their packaging.
Tens of thousands of Russians have fled to Georgia, a small Caucasus nation of roughly 4 million inhabitants, since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. The reasons are varied: fear of conscription for men, a risk of reprisals for political opponents or simply hope of a better life as Russia isolates itself. However, an uncertain future awaits them. Opinions in Georgia are divided about this new diaspora, despite the country already experiencing a Russian attack in 2008 and the occupation of 20 percent of its territory.
Europe is at a crossroads. Amid the war in Ukraine, can the continent wean itself off Russian gas? An energy transition is underway, but the alternatives could lock countries into dirty fossil fuels for years to come. We take a closer look in this edition of Down to Earth.
EU leaders are expected to present the proposed embargo later this week. Supporting the measure would be Germany's second turnaround in as many weeks with regards to Ukraine.
The oil embargo could be upheld for years, the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. Her Green ally Robert Habeck said complete independence from Russian oil was possible by late summer.
UEFA has banned Russia from the Women's European Championship in July and from participating in qualifying for next year's World Cup following the country's invasion of Ukraine, European soccer's governing body said on Monday.
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