A crisis is brewing in Ukraine. Unlike most previous escalations in the region over the past two years, this crisis is not a military battle over territory but rather a different kind clash between Moscow and Kiev.
The exchange in hostility between the two countries began on Nov. 20, when unidentified individuals damaged two of four electricity transmission towers in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson, near Russian-controlled Crimea. The following day, more transmission towers were blown up, leading to a power outage in Crimea and a state of emergency declaration by the Crimean Emergencies Ministry. As Crimea was plunged into darkness, repair work on the Kherson side was delayed, when Ukrainian protesters attempted to prevent crews from reaching the site.
As the power outages in Crimea continued, Ukraine’s government made a decision on Nov. 23 to ban the delivery of goods to Crimea. At the same time, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk warned his country would retali