There is no good news coming from Ukraine, where the civil war in the Donetsk Basin rages on. The Minsk peace agreement is all but worthless. The conflict also highlights the need for Europe to examine its energy supply. It urgently needs alternatives to reduce its dependence on the supply of Russian natural gas through Ukraine.
In light of the escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, expansion of the Nord Stream through the Baltic Sea to Russia by two additional pipelines must now be made a priority.
The current consortium of OMV, E.On, Shell, Wintershall and Gazprom needs more political support, so that Russian gas can safely flow to Germany and other European countries.