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Blast Shuts Down Russia-EU Gas Pipeline

(RFE/RL) May 7, 2007 -- The Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry says an explosion has ruptured one of Ukraine's main pipelines pumping Russian natural gas to Europe.

Russian officials reported later that some gas flow had been established using a back-up pipeline.

A ministry spokesman said the blast today destroyed a 30-meter section of the pipeline and stopped the flow of gas to Europe.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. No casualties have been reported.

(AFP, Reuters, Interfax)

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