TCUP Commentary

Voices from Ukraine

Russia’s war in Ukraine began in 2014 and has continued for the past eight years. On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, initiating a full-scale war and elevating the crisis to a new level. 

HURI condemns this war and is working to provide what assistance it can to advocate for Ukraine, fight disinformation, and assist those whose lives are in danger. In the midst of this activity, it is important to keep Ukrainian voices first and foremost, and to remember the very personal, human dimension of this tragic war.

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Europe's Gas Crisis and Russian Energy Politics: Experts Respond

The Slavyanskaya compressor station operated by Gazprom, the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 offshore natural-gas pipeline, TASS via RFERLAmidst a perfect storm of conditions leading to increased gas prices and greater demand, Russia is leveraging its role as a major energy supplier to put pressure on Europe. As Benjamin Schmitt notes below, the crisis has been brewing due to "a colder-than-normal spring, calmer-than-normal summer (leading to a drop in electricity production from EU wind turbines), and an unanticipated jump in global demand (especially from Chinese energy consumers) driven by a faster-than-expected market recovery post-COVID-19."... Read more about Europe's Gas Crisis and Russian Energy Politics: Experts Respond

What Comes Next for Crimea? Experts Reflect on Seven Years of Occupation

Crimea. Source: Wikipedia

March 2021 marks seven years since the illegal occupation and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation. TCUP asked experts about the general sentiment in Ukraine around the issue of Crimea and its annexation, President Zelensky’s potential policy moves toward deoccupation and reintegration, and the role of the Crimean Tatar community in the future.... Read more about What Comes Next for Crimea? Experts Reflect on Seven Years of Occupation

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