December 9, 2022

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When will Russia again deliver gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The announcement made by Dmitry Peskov

Russia will once again deliver gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after the West lifts sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement, made on Monday by Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, was followed by a 30% increase in the price of gas on European exchanges.

All this time, the Ukrainian army is advancing in the south of the country, where it has liberated several localities occupied by the Russians. And a base of the Russian intelligence service, the FSB, was destroyed in the Kherson region, Kiev announced Monday evening.

The Ukrainian army continues to advance in the Kherson region, where several towns have been liberated, to the delight of the locals.

Short of fuel and food, the Russians are unable to put up much resistance, especially in the north of the region. The Ukrainians are using artillery to block the arrival of reinforcements and are primarily destroying Russian air defenses using US-made anti-radar missiles.

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In a message on social media, Ukrainian President Zelensky advised Crimean residents to prepare shelters and stockpile food and water, a sign that the Ukrainian offensive is ultimately aimed at liberating the Russian-occupied peninsula in 2014.

From Moscow, Vladimir Putin shows no signs of being willing to negotiate with Zelensky’s government.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia: The tragedy of the situation in the Donbas region is the result of the actions of the nationalist and neo-Nazi regime that took power by force (in Ukraine). Our duty is to help these people (from Donbas) and that is what Russia is doing now.

In Donbas, the towns behind the front are bombarded every day by Russian artillery. On Monday, the Red Cross building in Sloviansk was damaged for the second time in a week by rockets fired from separatist regions.

Taras Logginov, Ukrainian Red Cross: I don’t understand (the Russians’) motives, but I can tell you that they are breaking all the rules of war, a violation of the Geneva Convention. It’s a war crime.

On the other hand, the stockpiles of arms and ammunition available in the European Union have decreased drastically in recent months. Member states continue to send equipment and ammunition to Ukraine, so they need to replenish their stocks in a coordinated way, says the head of European diplomacy.

Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief: The military stockpiles of most of the member states are… I wouldn’t say empty, but mostly used up. We have offered large quantities to Ukraine and we need to replenish them. The best solution is to coordinate, because it would be cheaper that way.

As for Russian gas, the Kremlin admits it has shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany because of sanctions on the Russian economy.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: You know that the problems with gas supply arose due to the sanctions imposed on our country and some Russian companies by Western states, including Germany and Great Britain. There are no other reasons that could give rise to problems.

The good news would be that, in the last year, the European Union has considerably reduced its dependence on Russian gas, replacing it mostly with liquefied natural gas.

According to a study by the University of Piraeus – Greece, Russian gas accounted for only 11% of total EU gas imports in August 2022, compared to 39% in August 2021. Alternative sources are Norway, with 25%-35% of imports , North Africa, with 10-13% and Azerbaijan, with 3-4%.

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