Natural gas operating company UkraineGTSOU, closed gas pipeline transit Russia to Europe passing through the Luhansk region from Wednesday (11/5).
GTSOU CEO Sergiy Makogon said they were closing gas transit at the Novopskov compressor station. The station handles gas delivery routes via Sokhranivka.
According to Makogon, Russian troops took gas from the route to be delivered to two pro-Russian separatist regions, Donetsk and Luhansk. However, he did not provide proof of that claim.
The GTSOU side also said that the closure was carried out because “there was interference from the occupying forces [Rusia] in the technical process.”
Meanwhile, the head of the Ukrainian energy firm Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, confirmed that the closure of the transit gate of the route would not affect the Ukrainian domestic market.
Meanwhile, the gas route is also used to transport nearly a third of Russian gas sent to Europe.
Even though one of the routes is closed, Ukraine claims it will “still fulfill its gas transit obligations to Europe” using another route, namely via the future Sudzha interconnection station.
Meanwhile, Russian natural gas giant Gazprom said it had received a notification from Ukraine regarding the closure of the route.
However, Gazprom said it was “technologically impossible” that they would be able to deliver the entire volume of gas Europe needed via the Sudzha route.