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  • relations were already difficult.

  • After Finland applied to join NATO prompted by the war in Ukraine.

  • Now, Moscow has taken action against its neighbor over energy supplies.

  • Russia's energy Giant Gazprom has switched off gas deliveries.

  • It says Finland is refusing to comply with the demand that it paid for energy in rubles.

  • Meanwhile, the british foreign secretary has said she wants to see Ukraine's neighbor Moldova armed with NATO standard military equipment to guard it against potential Russian aggression in Ukraine itself.

  • Russian forces are intensifying their battle to capture more territory in the Eastern Donbass region and they've taken complete control of Mariupol with more on the fate of the soldiers captured there.

  • Here's our correspondent in Ukraine joe inward, so these reports would take the total number who have surrendered and left the assault style steelworks to 1730.

  • About 80 of those we understand is severely wounded who were evacuated, but the rest have been taken to detention facilities in the Donetsk People's Republic.

  • A couple of questions what happens to them next.

  • We've heard debates in the Russian Duma, the parliament saying that some of them, the members of the as of battalion shouldn't be treated as prisoners of war, but should be treated as war criminals.

  • These are people that the Russian state accused of being nazis, something which the Ukrainians deny and has been widely discredited, but it does seem that not all of them potentially will be treated according to the Geneva conventions.

  • That is going to pose difficult questions for anyone who remains inside.

  • I should say, we don't really have confirmed numbers of this, but it has been said that the leaders of the assault battalion are yet to give themselves up the United Nations and the Red Cross, we understand have been involved in monitoring their treatment of the situation and the Red Cross say they are documenting the locations of these people, but what happens to them, whether they are given over in some sort of prisoner exchange with the Ukrainians or whether some of them are put on trial for some charges as yet unknown is going to be a really, really important question.

  • The answer to which we'll find out in the coming days, weeks, months, even elsewhere in the conflict, we have reports of increased shelling in the Donbass.

  • This is the eastern region where the UK Ukrainians are holding out our defending entrenches against Russian advances.

  • We've got reports of continued Ukrainian counter offenses around Kharkiv, the city in the north that they have recently repelled the Russians from And finally, reports of Ukrainian shells destroying a an alcohol factory inside Russian territory, killing one man, a van driver.

  • And we are seeing increasingly these instances of the war finding itself onto Russian territory.

  • Some of the people there were not really expecting and don't seem to be particularly comfortable with.

  • And as we're reporting Russia's energy Giant Gazprom has switched off gas deliveries to Finland for refusing to comply with the demand that it paid for energy in rubles.

  • I spoke earlier to a Melinda lindberg from the Stockholm Environment Institute and she told us how this might affect the cost of living in Finland.

  • Now we are approaching summer and the weather is not as cold and Finland main energy need is actually coming during the winter season.

  • Um the gas supply from Russia has been mainly channeled into the heavy industry as well as the hitting necessity for the household in Finland now as we are approaching summer, that necessarily or the demand for the heating is obviously going down and hence that's actually giving a good opportunity for the government to prepare for the next winter to secure the energy supply for the next time.

  • So currently we don't see much effect or economic impact that we can tell uh obviously has been stated as well by the finish government.

  • Uh this is mainly because uh on top of that timing the energy mix or the portfolio of Finland has been quite diverse.

  • Okay.

  • Because yeah, I was wondering how much work Finland has already done prior to the war in Ukraine, prior to all of this, to diversify where it gets its energy from to increase its energy security.

  • Yes, correct.

  • I think the, the diversity of the energy mixed portfolio in Finland has been quite great uh since the last decades.

  • I think we can see that for for us has been one of the main key energy source.

  • So Finland has been relying on the wood fuel from there for us, as well as the hydropower, as well as the nuclear power.

  • I think we can say that Only around 20% of the total energy consumption in the 2020 is coming actually from the fossil Melinda Lindbergh there, from the Stockholm Environment Institute.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2022/03/03
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