The blackout caused by the destruction of the power lines connecting the occupied Crimea with mainland Ukraine has shown that Russia has done nothing to invest in the elementary infrastructure of the annexed peninsula.
The Ukrainian power industry has become yet another sector of the economy that requires immediate strategic solutions. It is sinking, but the ruling elite is focused on the struggle for influence and money.
As a result of the Russian occupation of Crimea, Ukraine lost four cargo sea ports: in Sevastopol, Yevpatoria, Theodosia and Kerch. And it will soon lose the possibility to use ports on the Sea of Azov.
Two events have called into question the advancing integration of Ukraine with the European Union. President Petro Poroshenko has acknowledged there is no chance of the Ukrainian government winning the war in eastern Ukraine as Russia will not allow that, and so he has pledged a series of major...