Donetsk Switches to Russian Gas After Kiev Cuts Supplies
The authorities from of Donetsk People's Republic will switch to Russian gas supplies after Kiev cut them off Wednesday night, DPR Parliament Speaker Andrei Purgin said Thursday.
"All of the gas pipelines' valves were shut off and there is no gas coming from Ukraine. Last night, as far as I understand, this issue was handled by a special commission and a full block was instated," Purgin said in regard to the gas pipeline cutoff Wednesday night. The LPR and DPR have enough gas supplies to last until Thursday evening after Kiev has cut off the delivery pipeline into the region. Purgin said: "There's heat in the republic now, but the cutoff has already been implemented," and added that "the republic will now use Russian gas." On Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the country's Energy Ministry and gas giant Gazprom to prepare proposals on delivering fuel to eastern Ukraine as humanitarian aid.
On January 30, DPR said that Kiev had cut gas supplies to one of republic's districts, leaving nearly 30,000 people without heat. However, Ukrainian energy ministry said it did not have any information about it.