The administration and military in Kyiv have moved quickly to end speculation of a growing rift between them over the progress of the military campaign and leadership strategy.
The Hamas-Israel conflict has been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks and has raised concern in Kyiv that support from the West may be diluted.
The narrative from the Kremlin and the Russian Defense Ministry is that the country’s position is safe and there is no need for any further mobilization this winter.
On September 1st, President Tokayev delivered his annual address to the nation. Last year, the focus was on political change after the failed coup of January 2022. This year the President wants to use his consolidated power to double GDP by 2029, when his current (and last) term in office is due to finish.
Officials in Washington and Brussels are claiming the Ukraine counteroffensive has been a success, while Moscow officials say it has been a failure.
President Mirziyoyev is making big changes in the Presidential Administration (PA), including the abolition of the position of Head of the PA, and the appointment of 11 advisors who will report directly to him.
Comments from President Zelensky suggest that Ukraine is making a greater effort to gain ground before the onset of winter. In a press conference today, he admitted that progress was difficult and slow.
The Kazakh tenge, the Uzbekistan Som, the Kyrgyz Som and the Tajikistan Somoni are all expected to fall (versus the US Dollar) because of ruble contagion.
Turkmenistan is one of the beneficiaries of efforts to find new Europe-China trade routes, the expansion of Russian trade with Iran and India, and the plans of Central Asian states to reach more markets.
There appears to be slow/little progress in the Ukraine offensive thus far. But Ukraine military commanders say they have started a more active phase which should show better results soon.