- Ukraine's sluggish counter-offensive is causing dissatisfaction and sombre mood among the public.
- Criticism of President Zelensky has increased as expectations for a quick breakthrough have dwindled.
- Western equipment promised to Ukraine has not yet arrived in sufficient numbers, causing frustration.
- Lack of air cover and resources hinder Ukraine's ability to make frontal attacks.
- Ukraine has adjusted its plans to focus on degrading the enemy through artillery, drones, and electronic warfare.
Central banks around the world are pausing tightening campaigns as inflation eases and economies slow. Inflation-targeting regimes are keeping their own houses in order, while the US Fed's key inflation gauges fell to the slowest annual paces since late 2021.
Two massive earthquakes on Monday have devastated cities and towns across Turkey and Syria, with death toll of over 16,000. This is one of the worst natural disasters this century, alongside the 2004 Sumatran Tsunami, 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2008 Cyclone Nargis.
A raft of U.S. data and European inflation numbers will give guidance on how the world's top central banks will navigate the way ahead, including the hotly debated "no landing" scenario. Reports on U.S. durable goods orders, home prices, manufacturing and consumer confidence threaten to cement expec