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Russia-Ukraine war

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Whitehaven urges NSW to keep hands off coal cash cow

Whitehaven will report a 15-fold increase in earnings but warned NSW politicians they could kill future investment if they match Queensland’s coal royalty raise.

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  • Peter Ker
A group of young men pose for a picture while standing on top of a burnt Russian military vehicle in St Michaels Square in Kyiv.

Zelensky fires security chiefs over ‘treasonous’ activities

The head of Ukraine’s security services and its prosecutor general were sacked after scores of government staff were accused of working with Russian forces.

  • Isabelle Khurshudyan and Praveena Somasundaram

Yesterday

A Russian Grad rocket launcher fires weapons at Ukrainian troops at an undisclosed location.

Kremlin unshackles troops after Ukraine gets precision rockets

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered Russian troops to intensify attacks in all sectors of the war, signalling the Kremlin was ending an operational pause.

  • Andrew E. Kramer and Steven Erlanger
A perfect storm of climate change, a European war and COVID-19 have left the French scrambling for alternatives to Dijon mustard.

France has run out of Dijon mustard and it’s no laughing matter

The mustard makers of Burgundy have been hit by a triple catastrophe that has cut supplies of the seeds of Brassica juncea used for the Dijon product.

  • Victor Mallett

This Month

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia's minister of finance, speaks during an interview in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. By 2018, Indonesia, Singapore and other countries are due to adopt Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reporting requirements to tell each other about their nationals holding assets abroad. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

G20 finance meeting expected to conclude without communique: sources

Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies are expected to conclude without a formal communique, as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to divide the group, sources said.

  • Andrea Shalal and Fransiska Nangoy
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Treasurer Jim Chalmers with Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe and Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das at the G20 meeting.

Chalmers lashes Russia’s ‘illegal and immoral aggression’ at G20

Addressing a G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Bali, Dr Chalmers said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a major obstacle to the group’s goals.

  • Ronald Mizen
Germany fears Russia will cut off

How Australia can ease Germany’s energy emergency

Australia has a reputation as a safe and reliable energy supplier. So, can it help meet Germany’s demand for energy sources that substitute Russian deliveries?

  • Andrew McCathie
Police patrol near the venue of the G20 finance ministers meeting in Bali.

War casts shadow over G20 finance chiefs meeting

Disagreements on the causes and ways to alleviate supply chain and inflation crises stemming from the war are set to complicate efforts to settle on a communiqué.

  • Michelle Jamrisko and Yudith Ho
A detained protester shows a sign ‘No War!’ from a police bus in St. Petersburg.

Back to the future: the classic Cold War conundrum is back

It is impossible to forget Russia’s violent and repressive actions in Ukraine, but it is necessary to deal with them to avoid escalation.

  • Mary Elise Sarotte
BetaShares CEO Alex Vynokur: “A lot of my  childhood friends are in the middle of a war.”

CEO starts Australia’s first charity devoted to Ukraine war victims

BetaShares founder Alex Vynokur was born in Ukraine and has been putting his considerable business skills to use, setting up the United Ukraine Appeal.

  • Aleks Vickovich
Ukraine is littered with destroyed Russian armour.

Why the Ukraine war is entering a dangerous new phase

Putin hopes to break Europe’s resolve to back Kyiv. The Ukrainians hope to bog Russia down on the battlefield. But can Putin really walk away from this fight?

  • Thomas Friedman
People walk around an exhibition of captured Ukrainian tanks and weapons in Lisichansk, on the territory which is under the Government of the Luhansk People’s Republic control, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Putin’s best chance for an energy knockout blow is right now

Vladimir Putin has prepared the ground for a drastic cut in supplies of both oil and gas at any moment, giving him the means to strike a psychological hammer blow against the Western democracies.

  • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
A resident clears rubble from his house which was destroyed in a Russian attack on a residential neighbourhood in downtown Kharkiv.

Ukraine braces for fresh Russian assault

Ukraine officials said intense shelling across the country amounted to preparations for an intensification of Russian hostilities in the war, now in its fifth month.

  • Michael Perry
Petrol stations in the UK are running out of fuel due to a shortage of truck drivers.

Why the energy crisis will get worse

Five factors could make the current crisis worse than the oil shocks of the 1970s. In the 1970s, only oil was involved, whereas this crisis encompasses natural gas, coal, and even the nuclear-fuel cycle.

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  • Daniel Yergin
The world faces a balancing act with gas and oil supplies.

Why the next 10 days could decide the next energy crisis

The world may be waiting to see if Russia will strangle gas supply to Europe, but energy stocks are in a bear market as investors weigh up recession fears.

  • James Thomson
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The cost to rebuild Ukraine, whenever the war ends, will take longer and be more expensive than expected.

The cost of war goes well beyond rebuilding infrastructure

Wars cripple foreign trade, consumption and investment. They destroy wealth and economic output. Costs mount on the back of security and defence, alongside displaced citizens who need food, medicine and shelter.

  • The Lex Column
A firefighter walks with of a resident through smoke coming from a house on fire, after cluster rockets hit a residential area, in Konstantinovka, eastern Ukraine.

Russian rockets wreck apartment block in Donetsk, killing six

Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko says the strike took place in the town of Chasiv Yar and that six people have been confirmed killed and five wounded.

  • Max Hunder
Wang Yi and Antony Blinken in Bali on Saturday.

Beijing strikes back as Blinken presses Wang on Ukraine

As it works to shore up alliances with its Asian allies to constrain China, the US is also trying to assemble a global effort to punish Moscow for its aggression in Ukraine.

  • Michael Crowley, Steven Erlanger and Catherine Porter

In reality, NATO hasn’t got Australia’s back against China

America’s renewed focus on Europe will only make it harder for Washington to juggle demands in both theatres. Asian allies will already be worrying privately about an America again being distracted.

  • James Curran
There were a lot of smiles and goodwill when Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed reporters on Friday.

Australia must be the Pacific’s preferred security partner: Albanese

The prime minister says Australia needs ‘to pick up our game’ in the neighbouring region.

  • Andrew Tillett