The 35 for 35 prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia once again revealed the two-faced stance of the so-called ‘Civilized World’ towards the MH17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine. Ahead of the prisoner swap, the Netherlands urged Ukraine to not hand over Vladimir Tsemakh to Russia. By this move, the Netherlands admitted that it is not a neutral side and is not interested in an objective investigation of the MH17 tragedy. The Dutch side had a lot of time to question the supposed witness. However, this was not enough and it wanted the person to remain in Ukraine, where Tsemakh would be subjected to constant physical and psychological pressure. The Dutch government, which is allegedly a neutral side in the MH17 case, is de facto impeding the objective investigation of the tragedy.
In Ukraine, gas prices are too high. The only way for the country not to freeze this winter is to urgently conclude gas supply contracts with Russia (Gazprom).
Another narrative that Ukraine will not survive without Russian gas. In November 2015, Kyiv refused to purchase gas for the state’s needs from the Russian monopolist Gazprom. At the moment, all the gas used by Ukraine is acquired exclusively on its western borders. According to Naftogas - gas imports from the European supplies are, despite the Kremlin’s statements, cheaper than Russian ones In the summer of this year, Naftogaz of Ukraine reported that at the moment Ukraine is buying gas at an open auction in the EU, at almost half the price that Russia offers. For example, in July, Ukraine bought gas for the needs of the population at $178 per 1000 cubic meters, while Russia's Gazprom offered Kyiv a price of $315. Moreover, the Ukrainian company Naftogaz previously won a court case with Gazprom for gas supplies for state needs. Naftogaz estimates the overall positive effect of the arbitration award at more than tens of billion USD over the entire duration of the contract for gas supplies to Ukraine. Read more about the gas problem between Ukraine and Russia here.