International Desk: Ukraine's gas management organization says it is closing a key transit point on Russia's gas supply pipeline over its territory.
One-third of Russia's gas exports to Europe go through this line. News Reuters and Al-Arabiya. GTSOU, a Ukrainian gas supply and management company, has blamed Moscow for the move.
The company said it was shutting down a gas line passing through Ukraine's Sokhranivka on Wednesday. They will supply that gas elsewhere.
Russia has continued to supply gas to Europe through the Moscow Pipeline since the start of the military operation in Ukraine in February, and that pipeline has passed through Ukraine.
Russia's state-owned gas company Gazprom, however, claims that it is technically "impossible" to move that huge amount of gas further west through the Suddha intersection, as planned by GTSOU.
Sergei Makogon, chief executive of the GTSOU, said Russian forces were extracting gas through Ukraine into two isolated areas in eastern Russia-backed Ukraine. However, he could not provide any evidence in support of this claim.
Ukraine's neighbor Moldova said it had not received any notices from GTSOU or Gasprom that could disrupt gas supplies. Moldova is a major consumer of Russian gas.
Russian forces and separatists took control of the Novoposkov compressor station in the Luhansk region east of Ukraine shortly after Russia's military offensive began in February.