The Ukrainian pipeline operator has halted Russian shipments through a key hub in the east of the country.
Wednesday’s decision was the first time natural gas supplies have been affected by the war that began in February. This could force Russia to shift its gas flows through Ukrainian-controlled territory to reach customers in Europe.
Russian energy giant Gazprom initially said it could not redirect the gas, although preliminary flow data suggested higher flows passing through a second station in Ukrainian-controlled territory.
The pipeline operator said Russian shipments through its Novopskov hub, in an area controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, would be halted due to interference from “occupying forces”, including the apparent siphoning off of gas.
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The Ukrainian pipeline operator said the hub handles about a third of Russian gas transiting through Ukraine to Western Europe. Russian natural gas giant Gazprom put the figure at around a quarter.
KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:
– Ukrainians make gains in the east, stop Russian gas at a hub
– Wartime birth amid air raid sirens in a Ukrainian hospital
— U.S., Western Europe concerned over uncertain end to war in Ukraine
— The fighters demand the evacuation of the wounded from the Mariupol plant
— House approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, bolstering Biden’s demand
— Leonid Kravchuk, first president of independent Ukraine, has died
– The candidate ambassador for Ukraine calls for a rapid reopening of the embassy
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The British military says Ukraine’s targeting of Russian forces on Snake Island in the Black Sea is helping to disrupt Moscow’s attempts to expand its influence in the Black Sea.
In a daily intelligence briefing posted on Twitter on Wednesday, the UK Ministry of Defense said that “Russia (is repeatedly trying) to reinforce its exposed garrison that is there.”
He added: “Ukraine has successfully struck Russian air defenses and supply ships with Bayraktar drones. Russian supply ships have minimal protection in the western Black Sea, following the withdrawal of the Russian Navy in Crimea after the loss of the Moskva.
This matches satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press over the weekend showing the fighting there.
The British military warned: “If Russia consolidates its position on (Snake) Island with strategic air defense and coastal defense cruise missiles, it could dominate the northwest Black Sea.”
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday emphatically approved a new $40 billion Ukraine aid package as lawmakers bolstered President Joe Biden’s initial request, signaling a boosted bipartisan commitment to thwart the bloody three-month invasion of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The measure sailed to passage by a skewed 368-57 margin, providing $7 billion more than Biden’s request from April and splitting the increase evenly between defense and humanitarian programs.
The bill would provide military and economic assistance to Ukraine, aid regional allies, replenish weapons the Pentagon has shipped overseas, and provide $5 billion to address global food shortages caused by the crippling war. the normally robust production of many of Ukraine’s crops.
The new legislation would bring U.S. support for the effort to nearly $54 billion, including the $13.6 billion in congressional support signed into law in March.
That’s about $6 billion more than the United States spent on all of its foreign and military aid in 2019, according to a January report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which studies issues for lawmakers. .
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cited good news from the front on Tuesday, where he said the Ukrainian military was gradually moving Russian troops away from Kharkiv.
The Ukrainian General Staff said its forces chased the Russians from four villages northeast of Kharkiv as it tried to push them back towards the Russian border.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said Russian missiles struck the vital port of Odessa, reportedly as part of efforts to disrupt supply lines and arms deliveries critical to the defense of kyiv.
Ukraine’s ability to thwart a larger and better armed Russian army surprised many who had anticipated a much quicker conflict.
With the war now in its 11th week and kyiv bogging down Russian forces in many places and even mounting a counter-offensive in others, Ukraine’s foreign minister appeared to express confidence that the The country could expand its goals beyond simply pushing Russia back into areas where it or its allies held on the day of the Feb. 24 invasion.
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