As U.S. and European decision-makers negotiate with Russia over a roadmap for Syria and an approach against the Islamic State, the Ukrainian government is taking steps to undermine an emerging understanding between Washington and the Kremlin.
Over the weekend, power supply pylons were blown up in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, leading to Russian-controlled Crimea being disconnected from the electricity grid. Ukrainian nationalist activists, as well as Crimean Tatar activists, have attempted to prevent repair work to the power supply infrastructure. These activists are seeking a blockade of Crimea. While the authorities initially responded by attempting to remove activists from the site, the Ukrainian government on Nov. 23 announced it will seek to block the movement of goods into the Crimean Peninsula. In response, Russia declared on the following day that it would pursue a natural gas cutoff and potentially may also block the supply of coal into Ukraine. These moves and counter