This episode is sponsored by NexoArculus, and FTX US.

Monday, President Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s recognition of two breakaway territories in the Ukrainian region of Donbas. The recognition was widely seen as a major escalation of the tense standoff that has dominated global geopolitics so far this year. On today’s episode, NLW provides a recap of the latest news and looks at how markets are responding. Spoiler alert: Everyone is focused on energy.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Vision” by OBOY. Image credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images News, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at