Putin's war propaganda answered with dignity by the Ukrainian president
Thank you. More than useful: necessary.
I certainly appreciate you explaining Zelensky’s impassioned speech. I do, however, believe that it gnaws on Putin that a free and independent country has a Jewish president at the helm.Former Ambassador McFaul also said that Zelensky’s speech was brilliant and dignified.
Thank you very much, Prof. Snyder, for educating us on Ukraine, including your recent talk -- Ukraine as a Normal Country. Orienting.
Two quick questions: Is the comment below from a newspaper out of India correct? If correct, does what the comment describes perhaps figure among the Putin motives for invading?
“Ukraine today holds the second-biggest known gas reserves in Europe, excluding Russia’s gas reserves in Asia, albeit largely untapped. It has about 1.09 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, which is an unimaginable amount and second only to Norway’s known resources of 1.53 trillion cubic meters.
"But ironically Ukraine relies on gas imports and it’s mostly because the USSR started large-scale gas extraction in Siberia in the 1970s. So, much of the gas exploration/production has been transferred to Russia and Ukraine’s resources remain untapped.
"Currently, Russia supplies between 40% to 50% of Europe’s gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline and the Ukrainian network. Germany gets 55% of its natural gas from Russia and much of it goes through Ukraine, which earns them their transit fee, equivalent to $7 billion. That’s about four percent of Ukraine’s GDP.
"While its own enormous gas reserves remain untapped, Ukraine is still key to gas transport from Russia to Europe. In 2019, Moscow and Kyiv signed a transit agreement enabling smooth transfer of Siberian gas to the EU through Ukraine’s large gas transportation system.”
Thank you again, Prof, and with hopes that somehow things will turn in favor of sovereignty in Ukraine and of democracy in general.
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studied in Chicago, New York and Hamburg
Evidently people in Russia answered Zelensky's call, turning out tonight to protest the invasion in surprisingly large numbers at great personal risk. I think of President Zelensky often, and wonder how he finds the strength to lead his beleaguered country, knowing he will likely be murdered if he falls into Russian hands. His patriotism is profoundly humbling to witness.
Thank you. I was looking for the full speech.