Russia faces a mounting bill for maintaining its invasion of Ukraine

Mar 23, 2022
In the long run, the country's economy will pay a high price.
From the costs for weapons and tanks to food, the invasion of Ukraine is likely costing Russia more than it anticipated.
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China walks a trade tightrope between Russia and the West

Mar 17, 2022
The Chinese government is opposed to sanctions against Russia and says it will continue to trade with it. But that is not easy in practice.
Though China relies on Russian oil, voluntary sanctions by Western companies could make it harder for China to get it. Above, a worker stands on pipes at an offshore oil in China's eastern Shandong province.
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Donations fortify Ukraine's defense spending

Mar 9, 2022
But international money transfers can be tricky. Ukraine is also accepting help in the form of cryptocurrency.
Ukrainian soldiers carry water near a base in Lviv. The government has been making its account information public to help it raise funds.
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How Russia's invasion of Ukraine is delaying shipments of a key chipmaking tool

Mar 8, 2022
About 90% of chips are created with lasers that require neon gas. Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of the element.
Lasers using neon gas etch circuit patterns on silicon wafers to make computer chips, like the ones above. Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of neon.
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For global brands, pulling out of Russia isn't a yes-or-no question

Mar 8, 2022
Logistics, business models and a fear of Russians' reactions are all factors.
The Kremlin's towers are reflected in the window of a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow. The chain said Tuesday that it would temporarily close its Russian locations.
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Ukrainians in the U.S. struggle to send money home as war rages

Mar 7, 2022
In a typical year, they send more than $500 million to family and friends. Now, it's not easy.
The Russian invasion has complicated the process of sending remittances to Ukraine through money transfer companies like Western Union.
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Ukraine finance minister: sanctions came too late

Mar 4, 2022
Ukraine's finance minister calls for more "severe" Western sanctions against Russia, warning time is of the essence.
Ukraine’s Finance Minister Sergii Marchenko during an interview in Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 3, 2021.
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What would Europe do if Russia cuts off natural gas?

Unpacking Europe's reliance on Russian energy — and the risks that now carries.
A natural gas line runs through the country side on March 11, 2015 outside Donetsk, Ukraine.
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Humanitarian aid to Ukraine takes many forms

Mar 1, 2022
The U.N. estimates that between 3 million and 5 million people could be displaced in the coming months.
Volunteers of a humanitarian center sort clothes donated for evacuees in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Feb. 27, 2022.

Germany turns tough toward Russia over Ukraine invasion

Feb 28, 2022
Germany dropped its opposition to some tough new sanctions against Russia and is now stepping up spending on defense.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, seen above, announced 
a sharp increase in military spending on Sunday.
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