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The suspension by Naftogaz of gas supplies to the Donbas has been treated by Moscow as a pretext to unfreeze the Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute.
The formal coming into force of a ceasefire, in accordance with the Minsk agreements, has not stopped the fighting in the east of Ukraine.
Russia has shown that it is able, regardless of sanctions, to build close co-operation with those EU member states which are interested in it.
The document will bring only a temporary halt to the ongoing conflict in the east of Ukraine.
The crisis in Russia’s financial market has exposed the real scale of the economic problems that have been growing for several years.
Russia intends to move closer to achieving its key goal: to subjugate Ukraine.
The dissonance between the conservative slogans and its actual conduct suggest that the Kremlin’s ‘conservative project’ is purely instrumental in nature.