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Ukraine conflict could push grain prices higher worldwide

Feb 22, 2022
Together, Russia and Ukraine supply a large part the world's wheat and corn exports.
A wheat field in Russia, which supplies a large share of global wheat exports. Agricultural  markets could be disrupted by war, along with commerce in energy.
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Will the UK sanction Russian-owned assets over the Ukraine crisis?

Feb 15, 2022
The British government has threatened to freeze Russian oligarchs’ property in the U.K. if Russia invades Ukraine. Is the threat credible?
By one estimate, at least 150 luxury properties in the U.K. — $2 billion worth — are owned by Russians with links to the Kremlin.
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In Ukraine, the Russian invasion scare could be keeping out foreign investors

Feb 1, 2022
The threat undermines “Ukraine's position on international markets" said the Atlantic Council's Peter Dickinson. "Companies can't finance themselves."
A woman sells fruit in an underground walkway in Kyiv, Ukraine's capital. There is concern “about the safety of Ukraine as a place to do business," said Peter Dickinson of the Atlantic Council.
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If Russia cuts off Europe's gas supply, the U.S. and allies pledge they'll shore up supplies

Jan 26, 2022
More than one-third of Europe's natural gas supplies come from Russia.
if Russia cut natural gas supplies to Europe, the U.S. and its allies would find it difficult to  immediately meet all of Europe’s needs.
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In conflict over Ukraine, Putin wields natural gas as a strategic weapon

Jan 25, 2022
Russia supplies much of Europe's natural gas through pipelines in Ukraine. But energy diversification may reduce Russia's leverage.
A natural gas facility in Ukraine. The U.S. is asking gas-producing countries to bolster supplies if Russia invades.
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To deter Russia, the U.S. may have to take a hard stance on economic sanctions

Jan 21, 2022
To avert war in Europe, we may have to absorb “political, economic and diplomatic costs," said Eddie Fishman of the Atlantic Council.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the U.S.-Russia summit in Geneva on Friday.
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Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline complicates Russia-Ukraine tensions

As Russian troops accumulate at the Ukrainian border, some fear the country could withhold natural gas to Europe in the event of military conflict.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline was recently constructed along the Baltic Sea to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, circumventing Ukraine.
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Ukraine works to remain focused on economic turnaround

Dec 30, 2019
Ukraine is slowly climbing out of recession, but there are bumps in the road.
St. Sophia's Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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For Ukraine, IMF delivers a gift with strings

Dec 25, 2018
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. How about the International Monetary Fund? The global financial lender is about to deliver to Ukraine the first installment of almost $4 billion in low-interest loans approved last week. It’s a complicated Christmas present, and there are conditions attached. Click the audio player above to hear […]

Cyberattack causes an outage in western Ukraine

Jan 12, 2016
It's the first known outage caused by a cyberattack, and it could happen in the U.S.