How Ukraine’s joint ventures with EU countries in the energy sector develop
A conflict between different groups of influence in government for control over state-owned oil and gas assets threatens to undermine the country's energy security
|24 July, 2017||Economics|
The threats and opportunities brought by Gazprom's probable termination of gas transit through Ukraine after 2019
|20 August, 2015||Politics|
Ukraine’s Minister for the Power and Coal Industries talks about the gas balance, the chances of modernizing this sector, and the role of oligarchs in the Fuel & Energy Complex in an exclusive interview for The Ukrainian Week
|8 July, 2015||Economics|
A number of challenges and opportunities are coming Ukraine’s way as the European gas market undergoes a major restructurin
|20 August, 2014||Economics|
Alan Riley: Ukraine has enough potential to turn itself into the center of gas trading for Central Eastern Europe and Baltic States
The Ukrainian Week speaks to Alan Riley, Professor of Law at the City Law School, City University of London, about Ukraine’s energy potential, its weak spots and the prospects of the South Stream
|30 June, 2014||News|
More diversions to damage Ukraine’s gas transit system and overall infrastructure could take place within the next few weeks. This could help Russia boost its Nord Stream says Mykhailo Honchar, Chair of the Strategy XXI center for global studies
|28 June, 2014||News|
European Commission says Gazprom’s threats against reverse supplies of gas to Ukraine are unacceptable
The European Commission says that threats to “punish” European companies that supply or transit gas to Ukraine by Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller are absolutely unacceptable
|17 June, 2014||News|
Ukraine’s Premier Arseniy Yatseniuk believes that Russia has disrupted gas talks not least because of the upcoming visit of President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels to sign the economic part of the Association Agreement with the EU, he said when speaking in Parliament
|11 June, 2014||World|
The EU is beginning to take concrete action against its excessive dependence on Russian gas
|10 June, 2014||News|
The reform of Naftogaz does not entail a transfer of property rights for Ukraine’s gas transit system or its underground gas storage facilities, Naftogaz’s press-service reports
|10 May, 2014||News|
The Independent: G7 leaders prepared an 'emergency response plan' to assist Ukraine if Russia restricts gas supplies
G7 leaders are expected to sign off on an “emergency response plan” to assist Ukraine this winter if Russia restricts gas supplies. The Independent reports.
|4 April, 2014||Security|
Mykhailo Honchar: “Ukraine is paying a huge price because its politicians do not know the basics of economics and security”
The energy sector was always the sore spot that Russia hit every time Ukraine went “too far” in exercising its independence. And the Kremlin was always able to bring the “unruly” Ukrainians into line again. This is how it was, but now things have changed: Ukrainians are no longer afraid of pain and have a chance to fundamentally reform the energy sector in the interests of society. The Ukrainian Week talks to Mykhailo Honchar, one of the few Ukrainian experts who view this sector from the standpoint of Ukrainian society and national security rather than personal gain
|13 February, 2014||News|
NAK Naftogaz Ukraine cuts supply of gas to 11 oblasts to the minimum level necessary to keep the transit system in operation, its press service reports
|23 December, 2013|
So what are the December 17 deals with Russia? A victory or a defeat?
|23 December, 2013|
Mr. Putin may have won a victory in the geopolitical campaign that he is waging for Ukraine. It was, however, one battle, not the war
The European Union is not prepared to get into a bidding war with Russia for Ukraine. But it appears that the attraction of European living standards, rule of law and democracy remain strong with Ukrainians, particularly the young. Mr. Putin's Russia offers nothing that can compete with that.
|23 December, 2013||World|
Under its current government, Ukraine may be a prize not worth winning
|21 November, 2013||News|
“The EU has unblocked a long-stalled gas deal to help Ukraine cut its dependence on Russia. The deal would allow Ukraine to receive gas shipments from neighbouring Slovakia,” The Financial Times reports.
|7 November, 2013||News|
The Economist: increase in the reverse gas flow from Europe to Ukraine is blocked by the energy oligarchs with strong connections to Yanukovych and Gazprom
After export of liquefied gas to US decreased, Western energy companies are happy to supply Ukraine with gas, but there are still a lot of obstacles, including the interests of oligarchs whoa are close to Yanukovych and Gazprom, The Economist says.
|6 November, 2013||World|
Ilham Aliyev’s victory in the October 9 show election signals that the regime in Baku pushes Azerbaijan further into the authoritarian abyss with silent consent from the West
|6 November, 2013||News|
On Tuesday, Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Eduard Stavytskyi and representatives from Chevron signed a 50-year agreement with the Ukraine to develop oil and gas in western Ukraine.
|24 October, 2013||News|
Financial Times: Improving Ukraine's energy-wasteful housing stock is one way to get away from Russia's grip
Instead of buying much gas from Russia and paying high price for that, Ukraine may get efficient and use less gas, Roman Olearchyk in his article for FT blog beyondbricks says.
|16 October, 2013||News|
Germany’s trade, financial, and investment policies towards Russia, notably on the issue of natural gas, have contributed to re-shaping the post-Soviet Eastern European geo-economic landscape. As a result, Ukraine could become a hostage of Berlin’s recent Ostpolitik, Andreas Umland, DAAD Associate Professor of Political Science, National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy admits in his article for The Foreign Policy Journal.
|15 October, 2013||News|
The Financial Times: cleaning up of the gas games at the EU’s eastern border could liberalise the energy equation in Eastern Europe
A desperate plea from Kyiv to Brussels for help to import more gas from EU markets at lower prices than those charged by Gazprom was lost in the recent buzz over Tymoshenko case, The Financial Times reports.
|9 October, 2013||News|
Expert on Putin’s gas discount statement: Gazprom is trying to save itself through Firtash’s group, its agent in Ukraine
Vladimir Putin’s statement of Gazprom’s discount for gas sold to Ukraine is an attempt to portray himself as Ukraine’s benefactor, comments Mykhailo Honchar, Energy Programme Director at the NOMOS think tank
|9 October, 2013||News|
Russian banks issue a USD 750mn loan to Ukraine while Gazprom sells gas to stock up Ukraine’s underground storage facilities for the winter at a discount price of USD 260 per 1,000 cu m, Vladimir Putin says at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit press-conference
|7 October, 2013||News|
The biggest weapon in the European Commission's arsenal, is preparing he complaint against Russia's abuse of the European gas market, journalist for the Economist and the author of the book ‘The New Cold War’ Edward Lucas says.
|27 September, 2013||News|
Ukrainian government has selected an international consortium led by ExxonMobil and Shell to develop the Skifska natural-gas field in Ukraine's sector of the Black Sea, RFE/RL reported
|20 September, 2013||Economics|
Heavy dependence on exports of fuels has brought Russian economy to the verge of a deep recession
|9 September, 2013||World|
Ineffective business model of the Russian gas monopolist makes it a weaker promoter of the Kremlin’s policies abroad
|6 September, 2013||News|
On September 6, High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases rejected submission of Yulia Tymoshenko’s appeal to revise her verdict in the gas case to the Supreme Court
|28 June, 2013||News|
EU plans to lower dependence on Russian gas in south-eastern member states have suffered a setback with the death of the "Nabucco" pipeline scheme, reports EUobserver
|27 June, 2013||News|
The shale gas revolution represents a strategic milestone in Ukraine's new drive for energy independence
|25 June, 2013||News|
Ukraine plans to increase the capacity of its underground gas storage facilities to 50bn cu m, Eduard Stavytskyi, Energy and Coal Industry Minister told journalists on June 25 in Luxemburg.
|18 June, 2013|
Recent economic news gives one a feeling of déjà vu
|17 June, 2013||News|
Eastern-European Fuel and Energy Company (SYePEK) to import Russian gas to Ukraine: another play of Yanukovych's Family
Eastern-European Fuel and Energy Company (SYePEK) owned by Serhiy Kurchenko whose business is linked to Viktor Yanukovych's Family, according to some Ukrainian politicians, starts negotiations to buy nearly 5bn cu m from Gazprom annually.
|31 May, 2013||Politics|
The consequences of the latest agreements between Yanukovych and Putin
|28 May, 2013||News|
Nearly 60% of Ukrainian citizens say that the Ukrainian gas transit system (GTS) should remain state-owned, a survey by the Razumkov Centre reveals.
|27 May, 2013||News|
On May 26, Viktor Yanukovych visited Russia and met with Vladimir Putin. No official statements or agreements were disclosed subsequently. Earlier, the media reported that Yanukovych has a meeting with the Customs Union member-state leaders in Astana scheduled for May 28-29 under the framework of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, and the memorandum on Ukraine’s status as an observer in the Customs Union could be signed at the next meeting of EurAsEC member-state leaders.
|17 May, 2013||Politics|
The government is replacing an alternative source of gas imports with an alternative trader
|13 May, 2013||News|
Wojciech Konończuk: Kiev has already taken the political decision to cede control over the transit pipeline network to Gazprom
“Kiev’s attempt to return to talks with the EU about the consortium should be seen as an attempt to strengthen its own position in its negotiations with Russia,”expert at Center for Eastern Studies, Polish think-tank, says in his analytical report for the institution.
|31 March, 2013||Economics|
After the first two gas revolutions – natural gas in the 20th century and unconventional fuels in the early 21st century – the world seems to be on the eve of a methane hydrate era
|31 March, 2013||Economics|
Shell’s Vice President on Ukraine Graham Tiley talks to The Ukrainian Week about Shell’s Ukrainian partners and inflated fears of the damage shale gas production could do to the environment
|25 March, 2013||News|
Alexander Motyl: authoritarian Yanukovych regime will use the easy money from shale gas to become even more profoundly corrupt and authoritarian
President Viktor Yanukovych regime and his Family will first and foremost benefit from shale gas extraction in Ukraine, Alexander J. Motyl, American historian and professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, writes in his blog on The World Affairs Journal.
|20 March, 2013||News|
Polish experts: efforts towards the diversification of Ukraine’s gas suppliers stemmed from the failure of Yanukovych’s policy on Russia
“A return to the presidential system, coupled with a stable and disciplined parliamentary majority, has given President Viktor Yanukovych unprecedented political powers,” write political analysts Sławomir Matuszak and Arkadiusz Sarna in their report From stabilisation to stagnation. Viktor Yanukovych's reforms.
|22 February, 2013||Security|
Instead of ending total dependence on Russian gas, the Yanukovych regime appears to be ready to give the Kremlin Ukraine’s gas transit system in exchange for a share in RosUkrEnergo-2
|21 February, 2013|
And excellent orator and Ukrainophile, Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov claims that Ukraine's gas transit system is not that important as an element of the state's independence and energy security. He seems to forget, though, that it secures not only the transit but also the delivery of natural gas across Ukraine and has underground storage facilities that can be used to store imported gas, as well as that extracted domestically
|8 February, 2013||Economics|
The main groups of influence within the conglomerate in power are trying to use the gas confrontation with Russia to achieve their own ends
|26 September, 2012||World|
President Putin is nervous. Western experts believe that the European Commission has a good chance of winning the conflict regarding Gazprom’s monopoly prices on Central European markets
|18 June, 2012||Economics|
Shale gas extraction, if implemented, could turn Ukraine into an influential player on the European gas market
|2 June, 2012||Security|
Edward Chow: “The Ukrainian authorities seem to put themselves in an ever worse position”
|3 May, 2012||Politics|
On 13 April, the Verkhovna Rada passed an amendment to the Law On Pipeline Transport to Reform the Oil and Gas Complex, which provides for the re-organization of Naftogaz, currently a national joint stock company.
|12 March, 2012||Society|
Given the low quality of utility services, particularly heating, many Ukrainians are switching to autonomous heating. The Ukrainian Week has found, however, that this kind of independence is not always justified
|23 February, 2012||Security|
Gazprom’s aggressive policy during the abnormally cold weather in Europe hints at problems in Mr. Putin’s energy empire. However, it appears that Ukraine will not benefit from this
|15 February, 2012||Politics|
Ukraine is losing the fight for Azerbaijani gas to the more aggressive Russia and Turkey
|2 February, 2012||Politics|
The plans to decrease Ukraine’s dependence on Russian gas disclosed by Mr. Azarov’s Cabinet are still nothing more than a populist campaign. Thus, they look like yet another “mutually beneficial” deal with the Russian Federation
|2 February, 2012||Politics|
Some post-soviet republics have staunchly chosen to diversify their energy flows. As a result, they are successfully exiting the trap of energy dependence
|1 February, 2012||Politics|
Russia’s gas talks with Ukraine are just a small element of its geopolitical game. The jackpot is control over energy supply to Europe
|12 December, 2011||World|
Cheap fuel may cost Belarus its sovereignty. Is Ukraine next?
|1 November, 2011||Economics|
Ukraine risks losing control over its domestic gas market to Gazprom
|13 October, 2011||Politics|
If Ukraine fails to change its gas deals it needs to use the opportunities they offer strategically
|7 October, 2011||Economics|
The uproar surrounding the gas wars hides the real roots of Ukraine’s energy dependence. It originates from oligarchs who prefer not to modernise their plants and rely on their shadow arrangements with Russia
|6 October, 2011||Politics|
Ukraine will only be able to avoid turning into yet another one of Moscow’s puppet and the promoter of its interests on the EU border if the EU insists on keeping political processes in Ukraine within democratic limits
|9 September, 2011||Politics|
Something that happened on September 5 signals that the government’s bid to deliver a guilty verdict in the Yulia Tymoshenko case is heading into the homestretch.
|8 September, 2011||Politics|
While the defense and the prosecution argued over who the witnesses really supported, the former revealed Ukrainian politics in all its “glory”
|7 September, 2011||Economics|
Can the government complete the first practical energy source diversification project and reduce dependence on Russia?
|30 August, 2011||Politics|
Having started rough play against all warnings, Ukraine’s regime finds itself in a deadlock
|29 August, 2011||Politics|
Throughout all 20 years of the new history of Ukraine, schemes have been used for energy resource supplies, to the detriment of the country, but which made specific people much richer
|17 August, 2011||Economics|
The draft update of the Energy Strategy of Ukraine through 2030 places major emphasis on developing the electrical power industry sector on the foundation of the coal and nuclear industries
|5 August, 2011|
Kyiv has cooled towards the Kremlin. For how long?
|5 August, 2011||Politics|
The success of Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawsuit against Dmytro Firtash in the U.S.A. will depend on whether she can prove that he has violated the rights of the Ukrainian people
|13 July, 2011||Economics|
Recent events in the center of Europe proof again that he who controls the infrastructure has the best chance of success
|16 June, 2011||Politics|
The French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) recently published a report titled “Economic pressure and Ukraine’s security policy.” IFRI is one of the most influential private think tanks in France. Its list of invited speakers includes Ukrainian presidents Viktor Yanukovych and Viktor Yushchenko
|11 May, 2011||Economics|
Russia utilises express diplomacy and media campaigns to have its South Stream overcome its construction being behind that of Nabucco
|14 March, 2011||Economics|
Building an NLG terminal in Ukraine could be a move to diversifying gas suppliers—or just a waste of taxpayer money
|11 March, 2011||Economics|
This spring, A95 gasoline is looking to break the UAH 9/l barrier—which could force 74% of Ukraine’s drivers off the roads