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G7 still feeding Russia’s war machine with fossil fuel addiction

G7 leaders pledge billions of aid to Ukraine with one hand, and continue zealously buying Russian fossil fuels with the other. The geopolitical landscape is now more than ever under the control of natural gas. The G7 Hiroshima Summit, which took place from May 19th to 21st, has only further confirmed that the worldwide addiction to fossil gas is the most challenging to eradicate on a global scale.

Successful Embargo on Russian Coal Calls for Stronger Sanctions on Russian Oil and Gas
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The Climate Strategies organization released a groundbreaking report titled "Unveiling the True Potential: A Closer Look at Kuzbass and the russian Coal Sector," highlighting the tangible impact of targeted sanctions on russia's economy, as demonstrated by the successful coal embargo.

G7 Hiroshima Summit – a step back from fossil fuels phase-out
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The G7 Summit of the world's richest countries was held last weekend, May 19 to 21 in Hiroshima, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida's hometown. He chose Hiroshima as the Summit location because of his view that Hiroshima is "the most fitting location to express Japan’s commitment to peace." While G7 host Japan built up hope for progress on peace, especially related to Ukraine, the fact is that many were disappointed with backsliding in G7 final commitments.

Reconstruction of Ukraine's power sector: new nuclear power units or renewable energy sources?
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Nuclear power generation in Ukraine can be completely replaced by more competitive alternative energy sources of energy by 2050 – new research shows
Due to significant capital costs for construction, the long term (7-10 years) for commissioning and the constant unpredictable increase in the cost of nuclear power generation projects, it loses its competitiveness with other types of electricity generation, and this is important to consider during the post-war recovery of Ukraine.

As G7 praises Ukraine President Zelenskiy, Ukrainian group demands G7 action, not empty promises, on Russia embargo
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21 May 2023 // Kyiv, Ukraine 
As Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy meets in Japan with G7 leaders, including US President Biden and UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, the Ukrainian Climate organization Razom We Stand is pulling the alarm on dangerous loopholes and problems with Russian trade allowed by the G7, which effectively fuel russia's war machine and climate disruption.

As UK Prime Minister Sunak meets Ukraine President Zelenskiy, Ukrainian group demands UK action, not empty promises, as G7 prepares to meet in Japan this weekend
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15 May, 2023 // Kyiv, Ukraine // As Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrives in London today for talks with UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, the Ukrainian Climate organization Razom We Stand is pulling the alarm on dangerous Russian trade exemptions being proposed by the G7, Reports today in Reuters highlight that there are many gaps in the sanctions regime, that G7 nations have been approving many sanctions "exceptions", and that the sanctions today "...allow all goods to be sold to Russia unless they are explicitly blacklisted."

Open letter to presidency of G7 - government of Japan
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The G7 summit is approaching, and Razom We Stand, a Ukrainian NGO, has sent letters urging the G7 nations to take the lead in transitioning the world towards clean energy and away from fossil fuels. We demand that the G7 takes action on climate change and addresses the ongoing war in Ukraine, where the Russian military, funded by fossil fuel export revenues from G7 and other nations, are inflicting war crimes on innocent people.

Ukraine's Push for Renewable Energy Sources During Wartime: Razom We Stand Reports on New Legislation
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On May 2, the Verkhovna Rada supported the draft law on amendments to some laws of Ukraine regarding the restoration and green transformation of the energy system of Ukraine in the first reading, signaling a positive step towards achieving the country's renewable energy goals.

RE-Energy Network for the green transition in Ukraine: our first two months of results

On the anniversary of Russia's fossil-fueled invasion of Ukraine, which is trying to destroy the democratic system in the world and disrupt the development of renewable energy sources, provoking significant energy poverty and further exposing most vulnerable people to adverse impacts of climate change, Razom We Stand launched in Ukraine Re-energy Network.

Open letter to Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine
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Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine
Minister of Development of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine
Oleksandr Kubrakov 

To repair and modernize it’s heavily damaged power system Ukraine needs decentralized clean energy solutions
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At the bilateral conference on Ukraine reconstruction in Rome Svitlana Romanko discussed with Ukrainian officials and international experts practical steps to enable deployment of clean energy solutions for reconstruction of Ukraine’s power system, which was heavily damaged by russia. Razom We Stand also addressed these issues in letters sent to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov and Minister of Energy Herman Halushenko. 


International Journalism Festival in Perugia: European giant energy companies financing war crimes in Ukraine, Europeans and their politicians have to do more to bring them to justice
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On Saturday 22 April 2023, the annual International Journalism Festival took place in Perugia, Italy. Svitlana Romanko participated at the panel discussion "Follow the oil: Tracking flows of fossil fuels in wartime russia" on the topic of the investigation, data collection and strategic litigation against European energy companies involved in oil and gas projects in russia, in particular Total Energies and Wintershall Dea.