Russia Begins Cutting Off Energy from Neighbor Nations

The time of conventional munitions and straightforward warfare are over, it seems, as Russia continues to push an ever more brutal offensive into the spotlight in Ukraine.

This has included a number of war crimes, from rape to murder and back again.  Things had spiraled so far out of control that Russian soldiers, captured by Ukraine, admitted that they were involved in genocide.

And their aggression hasn’t existed only on the battlefield, but also within the diplomatic world.

Russian energy company RAO Nordic shut off electricity supplies to neighbouring Finland over the weekend, claiming that it had not received payments from Finland due to sanctions.

RAO Nordic, a subsidiary of the Russian energy company Inter RAO, suspended the export of electricity on May 14th according to an announcement made by Finland’s majority state-owned national electricity transmission grid operator Fingrid.

“In practice, the notification means that there will be no Russian electricity in Finland at all for the time being,” the Director of Operations at Fingrid Reima Päivinen told state broadcaster Yle.

Around ten per cent of Finland’s electricity is imported from Russia but Fingrid has claimed that Finns’ electrical needs will still be met even if no electricity is being imported from Russia at all.

Of course, not everyone was buying the missed payment story, particularly as Finland begin to prepare to join NATO.