Ukraine president hails troops; chemical plant sheltering civilians hit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks on June 6, 2022. As bitter fighting raged in the city of Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine’s president hailed his country’s fighters for defying Russian forces in his country’s eastern Donbas region. Ukrainian Presidency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images As bitter fighting raged in the city of Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine’s president hailed his … Read more

OECD slashes GDP prediction on Ukraine war and China’s zero-Covid policy

The OECD estimates that global gross domestic product [or GDP] will reach 3% in 2022 – a 1.5 percentage point downgrade from a projection done in December. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has become the latest international institution to cut its predictions for global growth this year. … Read more

Artists support Ukraine as Russia invasion continues

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, artists around the world have created poignant murals to support Ukraine. Here’s how artists have depicted the war across continents: Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine Street artist Denys Antiukov and his assistant Hanna work on a mural inspired by the Russian Warship, Go F … Yourself! postage stamp in the Khortytskyi … Read more

Five U.S. states order halt to NFT sales by metaverse casino with alleged Russia ties

Regulators in five states simultaneously filed emergency orders Wednesday against a virtual casino they say has ties to Russia and that has been operating in the metaverse, a digital world where participants can interact with each other, purchase products and even gamble. State law enforcement officials say Flamingo Casino Club’s operators failed to disclose its … Read more

What it means if Helsinki joins the alliance

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has said that her country will be deciding on whether to join NATO within weeks. This could also propel neighboring Sweden to do the same. Ludovic Marin | Afp | Getty Images Finland could be about to announce that it’s joining the NATO military alliance – in what would mark … Read more

How Russia’s war is cutting global auto production

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led auto industry watchers to cut production and sales forecasts for the next two years. The crisis has shuttered factories in Eastern Europe, and caused spikes in the prices of already precious raw materials. Some factories in Ukraine have tried to keep going amid the invasion. Workers have reportedly had … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war has limited impact on Europe vacation bookings

Travelers booking luxury trips to Europe have not canceled amid the Ukraine war, says travel advisor Jessica Griscavage of Runway Travel. Pictured, Grignan, France. Westend61 | Westend61 | Getty Images As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues with no end in sight, how are Americans’ European vacation plans being affected? It depends on whom you … Read more

Putin might use weapons of mass destruction if he can’t win in eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin might resort to weapons of mass destruction, like chemical and tactical nuclear weapons, if he fails to achieve a “conventional forces victory” in eastern Ukraine, says Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “Those are very serious risks the Biden administration seems to be discounting rather … Read more

The 1K Project has raised $3.5 million to provide relief for Ukrainians

Alex Iskold Courtesy: Alex Iskold A little over a month into Russia’s assault on Ukraine, Alex Iskold is trying to reckon with the reality in his homeland while lending a hand the best way he knows how. Iskold, who immigrated to the US from Ukraine at age 19, is a venture capitalist and managing director … Read more