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Ukraine shutting off Russian gas lines, pushing Russia back in places

There was an interesting development in the war in Ukraine today that I’ll admit I didn’t see coming. The Ukrainians are shutting down a major natural gas line that Russia uses to ship fuel to Europe, forcing Moscow to look to use other lines (nearly all of which run through Ukraine at some point) to deliver gas to its customers. The Associated Press has confirmed that the gas lines running through Novopskov in the eastern Luhansk Oblast were being closed down, while gas flow through alternate lines showed increased flow rates. Novopskov is one of the areas that’s been under the control of Moscow-back separatists since the previous Russian incursion in 2014, so this move suggests that Zelenski’s forces are actually on the offense in eastern Ukraine, rather than simply trying to hold back the Russian offensive. But while this could potentially cause some economic pain to Russia, it’s also

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