Ukraine is facing energy shortages due to technical problems occurred on February 2nd and 3rd at the thermal power plants of Zaporozhye and Kurakhovskaya. This event underlines the current risky situation of Ukraine energy transmission system and Kyiv's necessity of improving its domestic energy production and distribution.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted to ratify Russia's full rights of being part of the organization after a six-year suspension caused by the Ukrainian crisis and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Russian officials can again take part inside the discussion of PACE after 96 PACE officials voted to support the reintegration, while 44 voted against it and another seven abstained from voting.
(Stratfor) For more than a decade, Europe has tried to counter Russia’s attempts to spread its influence across the Continent through an intricate network of pipelines. To that end, Europe’s…