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Ukraine Live Day 683
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Explosion Occurs in Zakarpattia at Main Gas Line from Russia to Europe Via Ukraine
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An explosion occurred in Zakarpattia (Trans-Carpathia) at the main gas line that supplies gas from Russia via Ukraine to Europe, and other Ukrainian media reported, citing the Zakarpattia Region governor's office.

Regional authorities said there were no injuries, and gas supply to Europe would not be affected, Ukraine Today reported.

A seal broke underground on the Soyuz main line near the Khust ring road at 9:55 local time, causing gas released to catch fire accidentally from sparks. The governor's office said (translation by The Interpreter):

"As a result of the explosion, a 50-meter pillar of fire was formed, residents of villages in several districts have seen it.

Ukraine Today published two amateur videos from the scene. 

No damage to the environment was expected.

2016-01-01 18:23:52

A repair crew has arrived and closed off the supply to the line. By 14:00 local time, most of the gas in the line had burned out, the plume was now 10 meters high and atmospheric pressure was about 0.5.

 Last year an explosion on the gas line to Europe occurred at another location, and officials suspected sabotage, but this has not been claimed in the current incident.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced toay that Russia would give Ukraine a discount in the new gas contract for the first quarter of 2016, bringing the price to $212.3 per 1,000 cubic meters, down from $230. The price for the last quarter of 2015 was $227.40 Gazprom, Russia's gas monopoly, cut off the gas supply November 25 due to Ukraine's non-payment, noting that the government would have to decide whether a discount should be offered.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick