DFrom the Ukrainian President’s point of view, the throttling of Russian gas supplies to Europe should be avoided Volodymyr Zelenskyy entail new Western sanctions against Moscow. “Because it is clear to everyone that this is deliberate price terror by Russia against Europe,” said Zelenskyy on Tuesday evening in his daily video address. But not only in the energy sector, but also in space, Russia breaks with former partners. Moscow wants to end cooperation in space for the maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS) by 2024 at the latest.
In the Ukraine again the fighting continues. In the east of the country, the troops loyal to Russia say they get hold of an important power plant. For Ukraine it is the 154th day of the war.
Gas is getting less and less
The Russian energy company Gazprom cuts deliveries through the most important supply line for Germany to 20 percent this Wednesday. The reason given by the state-owned company is that an important turbine has not yet been repaired and another one now has to be serviced. Politicians in Europe speak of a pretext.
With the help of Gazprom do Moscow everything to make this winter the hardest in history for European countries, said Zelenskyy. With its announcement that deliveries via Nord Stream 1 would be further reduced, Moscow deliberately provoked the rise in gas prices on the stock exchange. “It is necessary to respond to terror – to respond with sanctions,” said Zelenskyy.
Russians report capture of important power plant in Ukraine
Meanwhile, the energy supply for Ukraine itself in the coming winter will become increasingly problematic. In the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk, Russian troops say they have taken control of Ukraine’s largest coal-fired power plant near Svitlodarsk. On Tuesday, Donetsk separatist media reported the capture. Pictures should prove the presence of Russian mercenaries of the so-called Wagner group in front of the administration building. According to other reports, however, the fighting around the power plant site, which had been going on since the end of May, continued. The information cannot be verified independently.
The Ukrainian General Staff no longer mentioned the power plant in its evening situation report. Instead, the military leadership only reported fighting around Semyhirya, which was a little further to the west. In the morning report there was talk of air raids on Ukrainian positions on the power plant site.
Months ago, Russian troops captured the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. This is the most powerful nuclear power plant Europe.
Russia is getting off the ISS
Russia wants out of the International Space Station after 2024 ISS get out. The new head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, said on Tuesday at a meeting with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. “Of course we will fulfill all our commitments to our partners, but the decision to exit this station after 2024 has been made,” said Borissov, whom Putin had previously appointed to succeed Dmitry Rogozin.
“Nasa has not been informed of the decisions of any of the partners,” said Nasa boss Bill Nelson of the German Press Agency on Tuesday (local time). You can still see yourself NASA committed to operating the ISS by 2030 and therefore coordinate their work with the partners.
After the from Putin ordered war of aggression against Ukraine, western countries have also imposed sanctions on the Russian aerospace industry, which is why Roskosmos is complaining about massive technical problems. Because of the political tensions, Borisov’s predecessor Rogozin had already questioned cooperation with the West and talked about decoupling the Russian module from the ISS. He did not even rule out military use of the station for observing the Earth.
Penalty against Google
In the fight for the information monopoly, Moscow is meanwhile continuing to take action against Western technology groups. The Russian cartel office condemned on Tuesday Google because of the allegation of exploiting the monopoly position of his daughter YouTube, to a fine of two billion rubles (35 million euros). “This leads to sudden blocking and the deletion of user accounts without warning and reason,” the authority justified its decision.
It’s not the first punishment for the company. Since the beginning of the attack on Ukraine, the Russian leadership has also been fighting against information it dislikes on social networks of large Western corporations such as Google and Meta. Moscow accuses them of anti-Russian propaganda.
That will be important on Wednesday
Russia further cuts gas supplies through Nord Stream 1. According to Gazprom, only 20 percent or 33 million cubic meters of gas will flow through the most important supply pipeline to Germany every day from 6:00 a.m. CEST. This intensifies the gas crisis in Europe.
The control center for grain exports from Ukraine is to start operations in Istanbul, Turkey. The center is part of an agreement brokered by the United Nations and Turkey on Friday to lift the blockade of Ukrainian ports. In the agreement, Russia had pledged, for example, to let ships sail along a sea corridor and not to attack them or the ports involved.