The war in the Ukraine has reached the 55 year old, 2750-km Bratsva natural gas pipeline, a major transit route for Russian gas to Europe after Moscow's invasion.
Up to now, gas has continued to flow from Russia through Ukraine on its way to Europe. But this week Ukraine declared 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 its country, blaming Moscow for the move and saying it would move the flows elsewhere.
The Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) said that, beginning Wednesday, it would quit accepting Russian gas at the entry point because the Russians were interfering in technical processes at gas facilities and endangering “the stability and safety of the entire Ukrainian gas transportation system.”
Sergiy Makogon, CEO of the company, told Reuters that Russian occupying forces had started taking gas transiting through Ukraine and sending it to two Russia-backed separatist regions in the country's east.
Just a few months ago Russia was expected to move gas flows away from the Bratsva, with Russia minimizing its importance in wake of the newly completed 1234-km Nord Stream 2 offshore natural gas pipeline, doubling the amount of gas imported by Germany from Russia. Now Nordstream, a massive energy project costing over $11 billion, is essentially mothballed, an early casualty of Russia's war on Ukraine