Sports out of politics 🇬🇧🇺🇦

The image of a country in the international arena is shaped by its economic potential, cultural richness, and political reputation. One of the markers of success is hosting major sporting events, such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup. In addition to attracting investment and developing infrastructure and tourism, organizing international events helps to improve the host country’s political reputation.

War in Ukraine. Day 412. Monthly update 2023, #2. 

‘The full year of war has resulted in more than US$135 billion in direct damage to buildings and Infrastructure,’ indicates the second Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment, jointly developed by the World Bank Group, the Government of Ukraine, the European Commission, and the United Nations. The most affected sectors have been housing (38 percent), transport (26 percent), energy (8 percent), commerce and industry (8 percent), and agriculture (6 percent). 6 regions have sustained the greatest direct damages – Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhi, Kyiv, and Kherson regions.

13 months of Ukraine’s resistance: Russia-Ukraine war in numbers

As of March 20, 22,209 civilian casualties were recorded as a result of Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine, including 8317 killed and 13892 injured according to UN OHCHR. OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration.