Gas Pipeline Damaged as Result of Sabotage, Officials Say

The Uhryni-Pomary-Uzhhorod gas pipeline was damaged at 55 atm and further on a nearby line an explosion took place on May 14 in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. The pipeline transports gas from Bohorodchany County underground storage facility to the compressor station located in Dolyna, both in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. Officials say it appears to be deliberate sabotage. The damage to the trunk line was the result of external actions: there was a huge dent on the external part of the pipeline and an opening that suggests some kind of explosive device. Continue reading

The first target of Putin’s Russia is not only Crimea, but all Eastern and Southern Ukraine

By Vitalii Usenko

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The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is widely linked to geopolitics; defence considerations; and Putin’s fear of a Maidan in Russia. There are more motives which could be playing a considerable role in this conflict: the “Wild West scenario,” about which many Kremlin analysts have written. Continue reading