Ukraine shuts off Russia Pipeline

Jose Chavez

Ukraine decided to cut off a Russian pipeline on Wed. May 11, 2022 that carried natural gas to homes and industries in Western Europe.

At the same time, Kremlin-installed officials in the southern region seized by Russian troops said that area will ask Moscow to annex it.

The immediate effect of the energy cutoff is likely limited partly because Russia can divert the gas to another pipeline and because Europe relies on suppliers. However, it marked the first time since the start of the war that Ukraine disrupted the flow westward of one of Moscow’s most lucrative exports.

Meanwhile, the talk of annexation in Kherson and Russia willingly to consider such a request raised the possibility that the Kremlin will seek to break off another piece of Ukraine as it tries to salvage an invasion gone wrong. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Kherson Regional administration installed by Moscow, told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency that “the city of Kherson is Russia.” He said regional officials want Russian President Vladimir Putin to make Kherson a “proper region” of Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that it would be “up to the residents of the Kherson region.”