Luisa Vieira

For months, Ukraine has been resisting the Russian invasion in no small part due to a steady supply of arms from Western nations, led by the US and its NATO allies. This includes long-range weapons, which allow the Ukrainians to strike Russian targets from a distance — crucial to keeping enemy forces away and stalling their advance. But the West has also been careful to avoid giving Ukraine its most high-tech toys, wary that it might push the Russians to escalate and perhaps even go nuclear. Still, Kyiv's arsenal is definitely a match for Moscow's. We look at the most effective long-range weapons supplied to Ukraine by the West.

Many countries have pledged weapons and military equipment – and big bucks – to help Ukraine better arm itself against the Russian army. Just this week, the US announced an additional $550 million in military aid to Kyiv in the near term, including more ammunition for the much-coveted High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). Making commitments is one thing, but delivering on those pledges is another. Indeed, some countries – like France and Italy – have been criticized for not providing more military aid to Ukraine, yet both those states have delivered on 100% of their commitments. While it is by far the largest single contributor to Ukraine's war chest, the US has yet to follow through on over half of its military aid commitments. We look at 10 countries that have pledged the most military aid to Ukraine and at how much they have delivered.


The pandemic sent global supply chains into a tizzy. Then, just as economies were embarking on their post-COVID economic recoveries, Russia invaded Ukraine, upending the global grain trade and sending supply chains spiraling further. Supply chain frictions have a lot of unintended consequences: Brexit-related supply chain issues made it hard for some Brits to get their hands on a pint of beer, while China’s punitive zero-COVID policy drove the auto industry – among others – into a full-blown crisis. We take a look at the Global Supply Chain Index from 2000-2022 along with key global economic milestones.

Italy has seen an influx of illegal migrant arrivals via the Mediterranean Sea in recent weeks, overwhelming processing centers on the island of Lampedusa and resulting in several deaths. “The Mediterranean is becoming the biggest cemetery of the desperate,” one Sicilian official said. The summer months often see an uptick in migrants arrivals from North Africa and South Asia, and the recent wave comes as Italy’s anti-immigrant far-right political bloc looks set to win national elections this fall. We take a look at migrant arrival numbers since 2014.