All posts tagged: Loss and damage

Ukraine claps back after Russia puts Zelenskyy on ‘wanted list’ – POLITICO

Ukraine claps back after Russia puts Zelenskyy on ‘wanted list’ – POLITICO

The addition of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the Kremlin’s “wanted list” shows “the desperation of the Russian state machine and propaganda,” Ukraine’s ministry of foreign affairs wrote in a statement Saturday. The list is an online database of those the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs accuses of being criminals. Russia reportedly said the Ukrainian leader was wanted “under an article of the criminal code” but did not provide further details. Moscow has sought to assassinate the Ukrainian president since the beginning of its full-scale invasion of the country in February 2022, when Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian army to overthrow Zelenskyy. In February Moscow added Estonia Prime Minister Kaja Kallas to its wanted list for “desecration of historical memory and hostility towards Russia.” In its statement, the Ukraine ministry said that Moscow is “at a loss for what else to invent to garner attention.” It also stressed that “unlike the worthless Russian announcements, the International Criminal Court’s warrant for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on war crimes charges is real and …

Rethinking EU restrictive measures     – POLITICO

Rethinking EU restrictive measures     – POLITICO

Are there unintended consequences to European Union sanctions against Russia? While rocked initially by the restrictions, Russia’s economy has shown remarkable resilience. Europe, on the other hand, is facing a year of glacial growth. There are also growing concerns around the legitimacy of some of the embargoes being issued by Brussels, the adverse impact on European businesses and the wider humanitarian ramifications, both at general and individual levels. As the fighting enters a third year, it is clear that a rethink may be required. A strong, united stance from the European Union is necessary — but so too is a clear, consistent and compliance-friendly sanctions regime that looks to minimize collateral damage wherever possible. The diminishing impact of sanctions With Europe’s 13th package of economic measures being introduced, Russia remains the world’s most sanctioned country by a considerable margin. Almost 2,000 Russian individuals and organizations have been hit with restrictions, and bans have been placed on a wide range of import and export goods, from luxury watches to crude oil. Embargoes on the latter proved …

Italy can do without Russian gas, says energy minister – POLITICO

Italy can do without Russian gas, says energy minister – POLITICO

This G7 will need to look for innovative models to accelerate investments, including private-public partnerships, Pichetto Fratin said. “We certainly need to revise the financial system, to find mechanisms that overcome the current voluntary system,” he said.   While Italy, which currently holds the rotating G7 presidency, is in a leadership position at this weekend’s climate talks, the Meloni government is developing a record in Europe of digging its heels in on climate issues. Since Meloni came to power, Italy has repeatedly voted against or abstained on votes on environmental issues in the EU, such as packaging rules and phasing out combustion engines by 2035. Environmental groups say the government is not interested in climate change, despite a spate of extreme weather events in Italy over the past few years including droughts and the collapse of a glacier. Meloni last year blamed catastrophic floods in the Emilia Romagna region on bad weather. Pichetto Fratin denied that the Meloni government is not prioritizing climate change, arguing that the government’s target is to generate nearly two-thirds of …

Strong intellectual property is critical to competitive edge – POLITICO

Strong intellectual property is critical to competitive edge – POLITICO

It is encouraging to see that the European Commission has charged former Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi to prepare a report on Europe’s declining competitiveness, particularly in relation to the U.S. and China, and provide options on how to reverse the trend. As an industry, we echo the call by European heads of state for a new European Competitiveness Deal. As an industry, we echo the call by European heads of state for a new European Competitiveness Deal. Considering the sector contributes more to the positive EU trade balance than any other, a dedicated health and life sciences strategy should be an integral part of the EU’s industrial strategy. Such a move would send a hugely positive and much-needed signal to global investors that Europe wants to compete for research, development and manufacturing investment. It could turn around Europe’s fortunes that have seen not only a 25 percent drop in Europe’s global share of R&D investment in the past two decades, but also a steady decline in its clinical trial activity. China and the U.S. now …

Ukraine successfully shoots down first Russian strategic bomber – POLITICO

Ukraine successfully shoots down first Russian strategic bomber – POLITICO

Ukraine’s military intelligence said Ukrainians used the same means to down the bomber as were previously used to shoot down an A-50 surveillance plane over the Sea of Azov in January. The Russian defense ministry said the bomber crashed as it was returning from a mission in Ukraine “due to technical malfunction.” Locals in Stavropol posted videos of a burning plane falling. The bomber mission was part of a larger Russian air attack which killed eight and injured 25 in the Dnipro region, in the east of Ukraine, in the early hours of Friday, local authorities said. Ukraine’s air force reported shooting down all 14 drones and 15 out of 22 missiles Russia launched in Friday’s attack. In the city of Dnipro, the Russian attack damaged five high-rise buildings, two private houses, three educational institutions, seven administrative and office buildings, a market, shops, trade pavilions and a hotel, Dnipro Regional Military Administration reported. In the Synelnykove district of the Dnipro region, the attack damaged more than 60 private homes and destroyed a solar power station, …

Ukraine backers blast ‘double standard’ after allies rush to Israel’s defense – POLITICO

Ukraine backers blast ‘double standard’ after allies rush to Israel’s defense – POLITICO

“I am sure that Ukraine will raise an argument that if one non-NATO country has been provided with air defense when attacked by a hostile adversary, why should Ukraine be treated differently? Given the dire and urgent situation that Ukraine now faces, that argument is rather convincing,” he added. Asked why Britain couldn’t offer the same type of support it gave Israel to Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron told LBC radio on Thursday that doing so would represent a “dangerous escalation.”  But some Ukraine supporters brushed off that argument. Answering a tweet asking why the West did not shoot down Russian drones and missiles, former French ambassador to Washington, Gérard Araud, wrote: “Good question indeed….” As Kyiv’s ministers plead with Western allies for more help, especially with air defenses, pro-Kyiv allies said the Iran attack episode proved the problem was a lack of will, not one of capabilities. “The common resolute allied response shows how effective our joint efforts can be when there is enough will,” Tomáš Kopečný, the Czech envoy for Ukraine’s reconstruction told …

Russian ‘double strike’ drone attack kills rescue workers in Kharkiv – POLITICO

Russian ‘double strike’ drone attack kills rescue workers in Kharkiv – POLITICO

Local air defense forces reported shooting down 11 drones. Since mid-February, Kharkiv has suffered from attacks almost daily, with Russian propagandists openly calling for Moscow’s forces to “erase Kharkiv from the face of the Earth” on national Russian TV.   In a massive missile assault on March 22, the Russians destroyed most of the city’s electrical substations and damaged the Zmiivska power plant. More than 150,000 Kharkiv residents lost their homes, Terekhov said in an interview with Ukrainian media. There are blackout schedules in the city, with residents going without power for 4-8 hours a day. Russia launched most of the drones in the recent attacks from the Belgorod region that borders Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have responded with shelling and ground operations against Belgorod. Independent Russian media website Meduza, based in Latvia, reported in March that Kharkiv might be a target of a Kremlin offensive planned for this summer, citing its individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian Military Intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov said on Wednesday that the Kremlin is spreading fake news about …

Ukraine embraces far-right Russian ‘bad guy’ to take the battle to Putin – POLITICO

Ukraine embraces far-right Russian ‘bad guy’ to take the battle to Putin – POLITICO

From football fields to the battlefield The 40-year-old Kapustin was born in Moscow. He moved with his parents at the age of 17 to Cologne, Germany, where he quickly established a fearsome reputation as a street-brawling white-power skinhead always up for a punch-up with everyone, especially Antifa activists. He tells POLITICO he was unhappy with the move and missed his friends and felt disconnected. He’s long been prominent on the European football hooliganism and far-right martial arts fight club scene — participating in the riots at the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament in the French port city of Marseille. After he moved to Kyiv, Germany canceled his residency in 2019 and imposed a Schengen-entry ban on him for “efforts against the liberal democratic constitution.” He has links with American neo-Nazi groups, and in 2021 co-hosted a podcast with Robert Rundo, founder of the Rise Above Movement, which participated in the Charlottesville white supremacist rally. Nonetheless, Kapustin bristles at being called a neo-Nazi himself, even though he is hazy about what he is. He relishes sparring with …

Zelenskyy fires senior aide in continuing reshuffle – POLITICO

Zelenskyy fires senior aide in continuing reshuffle – POLITICO

Last month, Zelenskyy removed Valerii Zaluzhnyi as head of the armed forces. He was appointed Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Kingdom earlier this month. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s air force said on Saturday that Russia launched 12 Shahed drones overnight, nine of which were shot down, and fired four missiles into eastern Ukraine. Russia has unleashed a barrage of 38 missiles, 75 airstrikes and 98 attacks from multiple rocket launchers over the last 24 hours, Ukraine’s armed forces said in social media posts. Ukrainian energy company Centrenergo announced on Saturday that the Zmiiv Thermal Power Plant, one of the largest thermal power plants in the eastern Kharkiv region, was destroyed following Russian shelling last week. Power outage schedules were still in place for around 120,000 people in the region, where 700,000 people had lost electricity after the plant was hit on March 22, the Associated Press reported. Russia has escalated its attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure recently, causing significant damage in several regions. Officials in the Poltava region said Saturday there had been “several hits” to an infrastructure facility, without …

EU discord over Ukraine free trade spells trouble for Kyiv’s accession hopes – POLITICO

EU discord over Ukraine free trade spells trouble for Kyiv’s accession hopes – POLITICO

Enlargement woes With Kyiv seeking closer ties with Brussels, the question remains as to how much the EU will have to change to accommodate Ukraine within its borders. Importantly, Ukraine would become the biggest beneficiary of the EU’s agricultural subsidies, if current rules apply — and that would only stoke the farmers’ fury further.  What’s happening now, “is more than foretaste. It’s the reality of how difficult it will be for Ukraine to be a member of the single market,” said one European diplomat, granted anonymity due to the sensitivity of the discussions.  EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTION POLL OF POLLS For more polling data from across Europe visit POLITICO Poll of Polls. “[French President Emmanuel] Macron talks about sending boots on the ground, and now he’s afraid of Ukrainian eggs,” they added, referring to the push from the French leader for artillery shells and western boots in the war-torn country at the end of February.  It’s unlikely that things will get any less fraught once Ukraine moves closer to joining the bloc. “This will have an …