Ukraine Sees ‘Terrorism’ in Gas Pipeline Blast

World | June 18, 2014, Wednesday // 10:31| Views: 880 | Comments: 1
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Bulgaria: Ukraine Sees ‘Terrorism’ in Gas Pipeline Blast Flames are seen following an explosion at a transit natural gas pipeline Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod in Poltava region, Ukraine, 17 June 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

An explosion on a gas pipeline in Ukraine's eastern Poltava region on Tuesday, has raised more tension between Kiev and Moscow.

Flames were seen rising from the site of the transit pipeline, carrying Russian gas to Western Europe. However, authorities said there was no disruption to the flow, since alternative routes were used.

The fire was put out quickly and nobody was injured.

Causes remain unknown, but Ukraine's government has suggested it may have been a "terrorist act", without directly pointing fingers at Russia.

"The investigation is exploring several possible causes of the Tuesday explosion on the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline in the Poltava region, with priority given to a terrorist attack", Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said, quoted by Interfax agency.

Coincidently or not, the blast happened on the day that Russia's Gazprom announced it will halt gas deliveries through Ukraine, due to Kiev's failure to cover it debts.

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