As the nights draw imperceptibly shorter, the prospect of a long cold winter in Ukraine begins to grow.
The ceasefire is fragile and I have little doubt that Kiev simply wants the war to continue, with little concern for its own citizens.
It seems that Kiev has no intention of paying off it’s gas debt to Russia, despite being given numerous handouts by the west.
The UK media continues to misrepresent the truth about how “the gas from Russia has been shut off to Ukraine due to the crisis in Crimea“. No mention then of the $5 billion dollar debt that is outstanding!
I saw a few hilarious videos on TV where Ukrainian celebrities were explaining how to keep warm and conserve energy without using gas or electric. They suggested sitting in one room in the dark or using candles. Utterly crazy, in my opinion.
I wonder how the damaged infrastructure in the east of Ukraine will cope in the coming months. The shells may have stopped flying but people still need power, water and food.
The only help they have received from abroad is from Russia and its two aid convoys. The west was virtually silent about the second convoy, just a few reports implying that the aid was really arms.
The video underneath may well be firmly tongue in cheek, but it also has a very valid point about Europe’s total reliance on Russian gas and oil.