✅ The Conflict Between Naftogaz And Gazprom, Explained
Last month the four year battle between Ukraine's energy giant Naftogaz and Russia's Gazprom concluded in a Stockholm court, with the Russian state-owned gas monopoly ordered to pay $2.56 billion to Naftogaz. In response Russia threatened to terminate its gas contracts with Ukraine and reneged on the agreement to restart gas supplies to Ukraine amid blizzard conditions. Hromadske speaks to Roman Nitsovych, program manager of the DiXi Group, to learn about what this means for Ukraine and Russia's relationship.
managing director, East European Gas Analysis
program manager, DiXi Group
✅ Ukrainians March for Womens' Rights and Equality
March the 8th marked International Women's Day. The traditional way of celebrating this day in Ukraine comes from the Soviet times and consists of men giving flowers to women and complimenting them. Lately, however, these perceptions started to change. Thousands came to the streets on Thursday to demand a higher recognition of women's rights in Ukraine, which would be made possible by ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, as well as by the government's stricter policies in this regard. We speak to Nadiya Chushak, a feminist activist and researcher, and Maria Guryeva, Media and Communications Officer at Amnesty International Ukraine.
feminist activist and researcher
Media and Communications Officer, Amnesty International Ukraine
✅ Crimea: Life under The Russian Occupation
There are less and less journalists working in Russia-occupied Crimea. Hromadske has closely followed situation in on the annexed peninsula, where people are adjusting to the reality of living under Russia. Abuse of human rights, religious repression and media censorship are just some of the consequences of Moscow’s occupation. Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk recently travelled to Simferopol and Yalta to look at how life has changed on the occupied peninsula.
✅ Breaking Down the Russian Spy Attack
The case of poisoning the ex-colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Sergiy Skrypal is still under investigation. Since March 4 he and his daughter have been remaining in coma after being damaged by a nerve-paralytic substance. The policeman who found them is also in serious condition. British Council suppose that Russia is involved in this attempted murder. The specific reason is unknown though. In 2004 Skrypal was declassified as a british spy. He was sentenced to state betrayal in Russia and exchanged for Russian agents who worked in the West in 2010. However, according to the Financial Times despite Skrypal’s retirement, he could still inform the british intelligence about how Russian intelligence agencies work. We speak to well-known British journalist and analyst Edward Lucas.
columnist, The Times