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Electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine to Crimea were completely severed overnight on 21 and 22 November.
At the meeting in Paris, discussions began about the possible extension of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The pro-Russian committee has assembled in Moscow. It is composed of discredited politicians who have escaped from Ukraine.
Moscow’s consent to extend the winter package represents a concession to Ukraine.
The past year of Crimea as part of the Russian Federation has shown that any resolution of the peninsula’s problems seems unlikely in the near future.
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.
The document will bring only a temporary halt to the ongoing conflict in the east of Ukraine.
Russia intends to move closer to achieving its key goal: to subjugate Ukraine.
The Novorossiya movement has been out of the public eye and it is no accident that its reactivation has coincided with an escalation of clashes in Ukraine.