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Russia-Ukraine war


OPEC defies Joe Biden with oil supply cut, just as EU agrees price cap

The global cartel agreed to cut output by 2 million barrels a day, driving up prices and creating a new economic and political headache for the West.

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  • Hans van Leeuwen

Russian troops flee even as Putin finalises ‘annexation’

Ukrainian forces have recaptured dozens of settlements in the past few days in the country’s south, but the Kremlin is confident they will be ‘returned’.

  • Jonathan Landay and Felix Hoske


Academics debate bitcoin as ‘environmental calamity’

New academic studies stoke the debate around bitcoin’s true energy costs and carbon footprint as energy bills rocket five-fold or more in Europe.

  • Tom Richardson

This Month

Russian oil price cap would save emerging markets billions, US says

Washington is counting more on carrots than on sticks to convince governments and companies around the world to embrace the G7 plan.

  • James Politi

Ukraine forces break through Russian defences in south

Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began, Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River.

  • Jonathan Landay and Tom Balmforth

Russia smuggling stolen Ukrainian grain to help pay for war

The alleged theft, which legal experts say is a potential war crime, is being carried out by wealthy businessmen and state-owned companies in Russia and Syria.

  • Michael Biesecker

Thousands of mobilised Russians sent home, unfit for duty

The governor of the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s Far East said several thousand men had reported for enlistment in 10 days, but many were ineligible.

  • Tom Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk

What Putin’s ‘outcrazy your opponent’ strategy means for the world

It’s a North Korean specialty, but now the Russian leader has adopted it in a country spread over 11 time zones with thousands of nuclear warheads.

  • Thomas Friedman

Tech firm that hunts down stolen grain prepares ASX IPO

Source Certain, a Perth-based company that has created tech to track the provenance of anything from blood diamonds to stolen Ukrainian grain, is preparing to launch.

  • Jessica Sier

In this Kyiv coffee shop, the threat of nuclear annihilation is a joke

Life goes on in Ukraine’s capital, even as Russian President Vladimir Putin steps up the rhetoric and sends hundreds of thousands of troops to the frontline.

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  • Misha Zelinsky

Russia concedes Ukraine has ‘significant superiority’ in Lyman retreat

The defeat is a humiliation for Vladimir Putin after he announced the forced annexation of four Ukrainian regions; Russian forces blindfolded and detained the head of Europe’s largest nuclear plant; Indonesia stadium tragedy claims 129 lives. See how the day unfolded here.

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  • Andrew Hobbs

Ukraine’s recapture of strategic city another blow to Putin

The Ukrainians’ assault on Lyman, a rail hub leading into the mineral-rich Donbas region, underscored their resolve to attack territory the Russian president claims sovereignty over.

  • Tom Balforth and Pavel Polityuk

What would really happen if Russia dropped a tactical nuclear bomb?

Last week Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a veiled threat to use nuclear weapons as he formally annexed parts of Ukraine. What destruction would they cause, and how would the West respond?

  • Hans van Leeuwen

Putin illegally annexes four Ukrainian regions

As Vladimir Putin signed documents at the Kremlin, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an ‘accelerated’ application for NATO membership.

  • Jon Gambrell and Hanna Arhirova


Generator exits highlight energy promise and risks

The pulling forward of renewable investment by Queensland and AGL this week confronts energy investors and customers with the practical risks of transition that must be overcome.

  • The AFR View

Will solidarity with Ukraine survive Putin’s winter of discontent?

By weaponising the gas and oil on which large parts of Europe depend, Putin has always hoped to destabilise the democratic coalition lined up against him.

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  • Misha Zelinsky

Putin pushes ahead with annexation of Ukraine regions

Russia’s annexation of the Russian-occupied areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia has been widely condemned in the West.

  • Michael Perry

Kremlin will annex four regions of Ukraine on Friday

Russia on Friday will formally annex parts of Ukraine where occupied areas held Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” on living under Moscow’s rule.

  • Jon Gambrell and Adam Schreck

Ukraine’s children went to summer camp in Russia. They haven’t come back

In August, 200 Ukrainian children enrolled in summer camp in a Russian resort town on the Black Sea. It’s been months since their parents have heard from them.

  • Siobhán O'Grady, Anastacia Galouchka and Serhii Mukaieliants

US to send more HIMARS rockets in $1.7b Ukraine weapons aid

The White House announced more military equipment, but it could take a year or two for Ukraine to get the 18 new long-range rocket systems.

  • Matthew Lee and Lolita Baldor