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Tue May 10, 2022, 03:09 PM May 2022

Ukraine to Halt Key Russian Gas Transit to Europe, Use Alternative [View all]

Source: USNews/Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) -Ukraine said on Tuesday it would suspend the flow of gas through a transit point which it said delivers almost a third of the fuel piped from Russia to Europe through Ukraine, blaming Moscow for the move and saying it would move the flows elsewhere.

GTSOU, which operates Ukraine's gas system, said it would suspend flows via the Sokhranivka route from Wednesday, declaring "force majeure", a clause invoked when a business is hit by something beyond its control.

The company said in a statement that it could not operate at the Novopskov gas compressor station due to "the interference of the occupying forces in technical processes", adding that it could temporarily shift the affected flow elsewhere, to the 'Sudzha' physical interconnection point located in territory controlled by Ukraine.

But Gazprom, which has a monopoly on Russian gas exports by pipeline, said it was "technologically impossible" to shift all volumes to the Sudzha interconnection point, as GTSOU proposed.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2022-05-10/ukraine-operator-to-suspend-russian-gas-flow-via-sokhranivka-entry-point?msclkid=ad830abdd09311ecbb607eb911ae2025

This impacts "almost a third of the fuel piped from Russia to Europe through Ukraine".

Good lord.

"The Russian company added that Ukraine proposed switching all gas transit to Sudzha, adding that it saw no proof of force majeure or obstacles to continuing as before."

Why is Ukraine doing this?

This damages all the EU countries that have been backing Ukraine with weapons and financial support.

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They probably wouldn't have done it unless they know Europe has enough alternatives ColinC May 2022 #1
Is this some sort of pressure tactic on the part of Ukraine? bluewater May 2022 #2
Alternatively, something may have forced their hand GregariousGroundhog May 2022 #3
Since the gas comes from Russia to start with, what is the new issue? bluewater May 2022 #4
We don't know GregariousGroundhog May 2022 #5
We know the Russians are saying flow should continue as before. Ukraine says it will shut it down. bluewater May 2022 #6
They would have to announce it. taxi May 2022 #15
If it's anything like the problems ignorant Russian soldiers caused at the nuclear radiation site, Lonestarblue May 2022 #12
Could be. bluewater May 2022 #14
not sure this is the big deal qazplm135 May 2022 #7
You are conflating EU oil supply needs and natural gas supply needs. bluewater May 2022 #8
still tied together qazplm135 May 2022 #9
"don't think it's a big deal or likely to be a big deal" An 8% jump in gas futures today disagrees. bluewater May 2022 #10
....... paleotn May 2022 #20
a whole 8 percent qazplm135 May 2022 #22
Sure, the price jumped more WHEN RUSSIAN TANKS ROLLED UP TO Kyiv lol bluewater May 2022 #28
I mean qazplm135 May 2022 #32
For some, freak out seems their favorite hobby. paleotn May 2022 #17
Well, it IS getting warmer now. oldsoftie May 2022 #11
In more ways than one, it seems... bluewater May 2022 #13
Yeah, pity that Ukraine can't ensure the safety of that line while their country is actively... Lancero May 2022 #23
"If the line is that critical to the EU, they can deploy military forces to take over securing it." bluewater May 2022 #29
Russia attacking Ukraine certainly looks like "force majeure" to me. ornotna May 2022 #16
Stop it. paleotn May 2022 #18
Gas it the only thing some nations and people care about. Lancero May 2022 #25
Unfortunately, that is true. paleotn May 2022 #27
...... paleotn May 2022 #19
Desperation. Xolodno May 2022 #21
Ukraine can't ensure the safety of the line while being actively invaded. Lancero May 2022 #24
The Sokhranivka junction is occupied by the Russian forces Beastly Boy May 2022 #26
"It is due to the loss of operational control of the infrastructure to the occupying forces." bluewater May 2022 #30
The fact of being occupied should not be confused with the fact of losing control. Beastly Boy May 2022 #31
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