Some of the key articles from our coverage of the war in Ukraine over the past week.
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If the Nord Stream attacks were an act of sabotage, this shows how energy infrastructure can be strategically targeted as an act of ‘hybrid warfare’.
The EU is building new LNG terminals to replace Russian pipeline gas.
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Pipeline rupture may cause EU gas demand to peak sooner than expected.
A coal power plant in Niederaussem, Germany.
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The ‘Energiewende’ relies on gas as a bridge between a coal-powered past and renewable future.
German chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) visits a hybrid power plant in Brandenburg where green hydrogen is produced from wind power and fed into the gas grid.
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Germany’s reliance on natural gas has undermined western unity in dealing with Russia, creating an opening for Vladimir Putin.
The threat of sanctions may have little effect.
The future of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline has been put in doubt by the Ukraine crisis.
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Europe urgently needs to become less dependent on gas.
Europe relies on Russia for about 40% of its natural gas.
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Resistance: a Ukrainian reservist during a military exercise at a training ground near Kiev.
With the failure of talks, a Russian incursion into Ukraine has become more likely. But any invasion would face fierce resistance.
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Is Russia masterminding the buildup of international migrants on the Poland-Belarus border?
A road sign directs traffic to the entrance of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Lubmin, north-east Germany.
By waiving sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline linking Russia and Germany, the United States is paving the way for the controversial project to go ahead.
Pipes for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are loaded onto a ship at a German port, June 1, 2021.
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Nord Stream 2 is a pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to Western Europe – and, by extension, increase Putin’s influence across the continent. That makes Ukraine and some other countries nervous.