Ukraine partially resumed electricity supplies to Crimea yesterday, shortly after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with government officials in Kiev. The move indicates that Ukraine is under heavy pressure from the U.S. to abstain from intensifying its conflict with Russia and prevent tensions in the region from rising.
Biden visited Kiev on Dec. 7, over two weeks after unknown individuals sabotaged electricity infrastructure in southern Ukraine that provides Crimea with power supplies. Ukraine is engaged in several interlocking disputes with Russia, including an upcoming deadline for Kiev to repay debts to Moscow, claims of ceasefire violations and disagreements over the implementation of a trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union. However, the restoration of power to Crimea was delayed primarily because cutting off Crimea’s electricity supplies is one of the few ways the Kiev government could impose a cost on Russia and draw American attention to Ukraine, as fears are