As we approach the seventh month of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the battle lines have shifted, the strategies have been tweaked, and the outlooks has varied vastly.
What began as an invasion that the Kremlin believed would last 72 hours has ballooned into something far worse: Genocide on a scale not seen since World War II, terrorism that rivals anything that Jihadists have ever done, and nuclear ransom.
Now, as if to solidify their place as the world’s preeminent evildoers, the Kremlin is now planning to launch an energy-based attack on the whole of Europe.
The Kremlin is preparing an “energy attack” on Europe, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday, a day after Russian energy giant Gazprom indefinitely suspended natural gas supplies to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
“Where Russia cannot do it by force of conventional weapons, it does so by force of energy weapons,” Zelenskyy said in a video address. “Russia is preparing for a decisive energy attack on all Europeans,” he said.Trending:
His comments came after Gazprom, the state-controlled company with a monopoly on Russian gas exports through the key pipeline, said Friday that it could no longer provide a time frame for restarting deliveries through Nord Stream 1.
The shutdown came under suspicious auspices.
It said an oil leak meant a pipeline turbine could not run safely and that it could not safely resume operations until all malfunctions had been resolved.
Siemens, the German manufacturer of the turbines, however, said in a statement that such leakages “do not usually affect the operation of a turbine and can be sealed on site,” adding that it had never suspended operations in the past. Despite the leak, there were additional turbines to operate the pipeline, the statement said.
The pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea to Germany, has historically supplied about a third of the gas exported from Russia to Europe, but it was already running at only 20% of capacity before flows were halted last week for maintenance.
Russia’s unwillingness to adhere to any of the rules of a decent civilization notwithstanding, this sort of energy-terrorism will almost undoubtedly affect a number of NATO countries, which could prompt a rather significant discussion about potential retaliation.