Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told Europeans to expect a tough winter due to Russia’s invasion of his country, which has led to restrictions on oil and gas exports from Russia. Reuters reported this today, citing Zelensky’s regular video message, according to which Moscow wants to destroy the normal life of Europeans.
“Russia is preparing a decisive energy strike on all Europeans this winter,” Zelenskyi said. “They are trying to attack with poverty and political chaos where they cannot yet attack with missiles,” he added.
Zelenskyy said this after the Russian giant Gazprom announced that it would not yet resume gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which is crucial for Europe. Moscow cites Western sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine and technical problems that have caused disruptions in energy supplies. European countries that have backed Kyiv diplomatically and militarily have accused Russia of using energy supplies as a weapon.
According to some analysts, shortages and a rise in the cost of living as winter approaches threaten to weaken support for Kiev from the West, which is struggling to deal with a disgruntled population.
The G7 group of developed countries announced on Friday that they will introduce a price ceiling on Russian oil and oil products. The Kremlin has said it will stop selling oil to any country that imposes the limit. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said today that his government was anticipating a complete shutdown of gas supplies in December, but promised that his country would weather the winter. “Russia is no longer a reliable energy partner,” Scholz said at a press conference in Berlin.
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Lord Dannatt, a former army chief, believes that such moves are Putin’s attempt to distract attention from his failures on the battlefield.
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