Russia is losing its grip on Ukraine because it relies on non-existent allies and attempts to achieve impossible goals. [...]
To a large extent, the piece is the reaction to Tuesday's parliamentary vote "to ban the privatisation, sale or lease of the country's gas pipeline system." Here's more from Reuters:
The new law was backed by 430 deputies in the 450 seat chamber. There were no votes against.
The legislation was initiated by the opposition following Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks that Ukraine was ready to set up a joint gas venture with Russia to manage the gas pipelines across its soil.
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