Ukraine Gains as European Union Takes on Gazprom

Guest Contributor:

William Harrison

When the European Union announced its antimonopoly charges against Russian gas giant Gazprom in April, some European politicians declared a resounding victory.

“From now on it will be more difficult for the Kremlin to use Gazprom as a tool of political and economic blackmail in Europe,” said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

The weakening of Gazprom’s clout in the EU has another major beneficiary: Ukraine.

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published 19 July 2015: Energy, EU, Europe, Reform, Russia, Security

Ukraine’s Energy Sector Needs Reforms to Secure Independence

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By William Harrison

While Ukrainian armed forces are fighting to preserve the country’s integrity against Russia-backed militants in the east, another battle for independence is taking place in central Kiev in the offices of Naftogaz, the state gas company.

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published 14 January 2015: Democracy, Economics, Energy, Reform, Russia

Ukrainians Ready for New Battles to Keep Russia at Bay

Guest Contributor:

William Harrison

At an abandoned school in the east Ukrainian town of Mariupol last month, dozens of men grabbed rifles for basic training in how to fight a partisan war. A few miles away on the town’s eastern flank, civilians wielded shovels to dig ditches to protect from tanks just a few dozen miles to the industrial city’s east.

After a Russian invasion forced Kyiv to abandon its attempt to oust insurgents in its east and agree a truce last month, Ukrainians across the country are convinced: The battle for the rest of Ukraine — the Kremlin’s real aim — is only just beginning.

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published 16 October 2014: Russia, Security