"Gazprom" increased supplies to Ukraine

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Earlier "Naftogaz" refused to pay for Russian gas supplied to Donbass because "Gazprom" had independently reviewed the volume and directions of gas supplies.

On Friday "Gazprom" supplies gas to the existing points in Ukraine, as well as to the new ones on the border of Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

"In accordance with the application by “Naftogaz of Ukraine”, "Gazprom" has increased its gas supplies to Ukraine today, including via gas measuring stations "Prokhorovka" and "Platovo," said Chairman of the Board of "Gazprom" Alexey Miller.

It became known yesterday that "Gazprom" had added new gas delivery and acceptance points in Ukraine: GMS "Prokhorovka" (the border of Rostov and Lugansk regions) and GMS "Platovo" (the border of Rostov and Donetsk regions). The total volume of fuel supplies to Ukraine under the contract amounts to 12 million cubic meters per day.

Shortly after that "Naftogaz of Ukraine" announced that gas supplies to the regions uncontrolled by Kiev are inconsistent with the contract, so "Naftogaz" won`t pay for them. "The directions of gas supplies to Ukraine are settled by the independent applications submitted by "Ukrtransgaz" and no one else has the right... to determine the volume and directions of supplies," says Chairman of the Board of "Naftogaz" Andrey Kobolev.

On Wednesday evening Ukraine interrupted gas supplies to the territories of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics. "This was done barbarously - the gas pipe-line taps are dismantled in such a way it is impossible to switch them again. The Republics will run out of gas on Thursday evening," said Lugansk Information Centre. Fears were expressed that some kind of "Ice Age" will come after that.

"Naftogaz" explained the interruptions of gas supplies by gas transmission infrastructure damages caused by the fightings, but the self-proclaimed Republics consider it an attempt to exert economic pressure on the regions beyond Kyiv`s control. They also denied the statement of the Ukrainian company about resuming gas supplies.

The self-proclaimed Republics said they were going to use direct gas supplies from Russia. The Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Energy Ministry and "Gazprom" to organize fuel supplies to southeastern Ukraine as a humanitarian aid. His spokesperson Natalya Timakova specified that this assistance will be provided on the commercial basis the sources of which are still determined.

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