Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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Russia has supplied nearly a third of Europe's gas needs in 2016, a record amount despite tensions with the European Union.
The EU wants to examine the contracts which Gazprom has signed with European firms, amid suspicions that the Russian state energy giant has imposed unfair prices.
The EU has launched an investigation into government subsidies used to help power companies avoid electricity blackouts.
A UN-backed ceasefire shows signs of finally taking hold in Ukraine, even as the United States accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of destabilising the country through land grabs.
Russia's gas giant Gazprom says that there was still a risk that Europe could have supplies of Russian gas piped via Ukraine cut this winter.
The central bank has sent supervisors to monitor currency trading at major Russian banks amid a plunging rouble, sources say.
Ukraine has signalled it may hold off paying Russia's big gas invoice in the hope mild weather can help it last out longer as it grapples with near-bankruptcy.
Ukraine's position at three-way talks in Brussels is that the price of Russian natural gas will be $378 per 1 000 cubic metres by the end of 2014.
Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner.
An interim deal by Moscow and Kiev could supply enough gas to get Ukraine through the winter as long as the weather does not become unusually cold, research shows.
Russian gas giant Gazprom says its net profit grew almost fivefold in 2015 despite the falling oil price, partly due to a rise in exports and the rouble's plunge in value.
Russian gas giant Gazprom's net profit surged 71% in the first quarter as a weak ruble compensated for declining sales and lower energy prices.
The head of Russian gas giant Gazprom Alexei Miller will be in Athens for talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the country's energy minister.
Russia's state-owned gas giant Gazprom warns it could cut off gas deliveries to Ukraine, upping the stakes in the crisis there and threatening supplies to the rest of Europe.
Egypt is set to complete an agreement with Russia's Gazprom for liquefied natural gas, says Egyptian Oil Minister Sharif Ismail.
Russia's $40bn South Stream gas pipeline project has fallen victim to plunging
energy prices and the political standoff between the European Union and Moscow.
Russia may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2bn worth of debt and pre-payments.
Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's state gas giant Gazprom, says it has challenged in a European Union court the bloc's sanctions against it.
Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies as their energy ministers meet for talks brokered by the European Union.
Progress has been made during talks aimed at resolving a dispute over gas supplies from Russia, says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
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