On Thursday, February 24, the Russian Federation launched an invasion, after which we woke up to a different world, in which Europe is facing the largest armed conflict since World War II. What new things have the last days brought us in the events surrounding Ukraine?
- The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline remains out of operation. The Russian gas company Gazprom has announced that gas will not flow through it to Europe until the technical defects on the turbine are fixed. Specifically, it is supposed to be an oil leak. The company did not specify when supplies of the raw material through the gas pipeline could resume.
- The German company Siemens Energy, which is the manufacturer of the equipment, is ready to help with the repair of the equipment on the compressor side of the shut-down Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. However, there is no workplace where the repair could be carried out, Gazprom said.
- However, according to Siemens Energy, this is not a circumstance preventing operation. Berlin and Washington say Moscow used a pretext to stop the supplies. According to Brussels, it did so in retaliation for a series of sanctions imposed on Russia by the West due to its aggression in Ukraine.
- US President Joe Biden will ask Congress to approve $11.7 billion in aid funding for Ukraine. To cover crisis and emergency expenses, the government wants a total of over $47 billion from Congress. During this year, the United States allocated approximately 40 billion dollars to support Ukraine, and the American authorities have already used three quarters of this money.
- Even if Russia does not resume supplies via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, households and companies in the Czech Republic will not find themselves without gas. This was stated by Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
- The report on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine should be ready this week. This was stated by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, after returning from Ukraine. Grossi reiterated that the physical integrity of the plant had been violated several times, which he said was unacceptable.