The authorities, including President Viktor Yanukovych, have repeatedly expressed concerns that Ukraine has not received any support in challenging Russia’s $7 billion gas bill or South Stream project, which would severely harm Ukraine’s bargaining position as a key gas transit country.

What Yanukovych failed to mention, however, is that he never reached out to Europe in the first place.

According to Janez Kopac, who runs the community’s day-to-day work, Ukraine has never sent an official request for assistance, and just one complaint about the South Stream project.

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