World News 27.01: Eastern affairs, Winter Olympics, situation in Kazakhstan

The eastern affairs, the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic games, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the situation in Kazakhstan after violent protests were among the topics covered in Thursday's episode of World News.

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict

The World is watching closely for Vladimir Putin’s next move as the Russian army is continuing to build up forces in Belarus. Russian soldiers can feel very welcomed on Belarusian soil, while more of them are gathering near the country’s southern borders with Ukraine.

As expectations grow that Russia will likely further invade Ukraine, the US is preparing what it calls “severe economic sanctions” against Moscow. One of the most damaging would be cutting off Russia from the SWIFT global payment system, which banks and international financial institutions rely on to complete secure transactions.

Among the threat of the Moscow-Kyiv conflict’s escalation and the possibility of Moscow cutting off gas supplies to Europe, the west is turning to other suppliers of energy. Qatar and Norway are among those who would potentially supply Europe with natural gas in an emergency.

The upcoming Winter Olympic games

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic games are about to kick off on the 4th of February, but instead of eager anticipation, many look to the event in the context of current global crises. What is more, the winter Olympics themselves have been mired in controversy over China’s alleged violation of human rights among its minorities. This includes a political boycott by the US and some of its allies.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27th, the world celebrated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Officials from all over the globe gathered to honor the memory of the victims of the biggest genocide in history. It also coincided with the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Situation in Kazakhstan after violent protests

The deadly protests that marred the country recently left more questions than answers. The unrest caused more than 200 deaths, detention of thousands and left the current president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on top.

Watch the latest episode of World News to familiarise yourself with those and other pieces of news from around the globe.