The latest episode of the Ukraine Daily Brief Podcast is now live. Please be sure to listen and review (we know you are receiving the podcast in the member feed, but reviews help with discoverability). Some notable links referenced in today’s podcast can be viewed here.
Putin reverses position on gas payment in rubles in conversation with Scholz, according to German officials. Billionaire-backed mining company will begin exploratory rare earth mining in Greenland as a sanctions hedge. Usmanov’s EUR 600,000 bullet-proof car is seized in Sardinia. The cost of consumer-staple cabbage steepens in Russia.
Three VPN services offer to ‘unblock’ access to Roskomnadzor’s black-list, which includes the BBC, Bellingcat, DW, Meduza, and Radio Svoboda. Ukrtelecom is slowly resuming service following Monday’s massive cyberattack.
Russian diplomats suspected of spying are expelled from Ireland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Claims surface that German Finance Minister Lindner was originally opposed to support for Ukraine. Medinsky says that Russia ‘does not object’ to Ukraine’s EU ambitions. Meduza reports Ukraine’s 10-point plan from the latest peace talks.
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