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The nation’s pipeline operator said it will halt shipments through the hub in a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists due to interference from enemy forces, including the apparent gobbling up of gas.
Preliminary flow data suggested that much of the gas had already been piped through another pipeline, although Russian state giant Gazprom indicated that the amount of gas flowing into Europe via Ukraine has dropped by 25%.
It was unclear whether Russia would take a hit, as the nation has other ways to transport the gas.
The cutoff comes the day after the US House of Representatives approved a $ 40 billion aid package for Ukraine.
In Ukraine, Russian forces targeted an area around the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia.
They continued to attack the Mariupol steel plant, where some civilians may still be trapped, according to Ukrainian officials.
While President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suggested that the Ukrainian military is gradually pulling troops away from Kharkiv, the annexation speech in Kherson raised the possibility that the Kremlin will try to break up another piece of Ukraine.
“The city of Kherson is Russia,” Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Moscow-based Kherson regional administration, told Russian RIA Novosti.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 7,256 civilians were killed or injured in the conflict.
The office believes the actual figures are significantly higher.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.