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Ukraine braces for Russian gas cuts

Kiev - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk ordered the energy sector to prepare for Russian gas cuts from Monday after Moscow and Kiev failed to resolve their differences over gas prices, raising fears of interruptions in gas flows to Europe.

Moscow set Monday, June 16, as a deadline for Ukraine to pay off part of its gas debt of $1.95 billion.

Pipes and valves are seen at an underground gas storage facility in the village of Mryn, 120 km (75 miles) north of Kiev May 21, 2013. Credit: Reuters

Yatseniuk also ordered the national regulator to revise transportation tariffs for Russian gas via Ukraine.

Russia ships around a half of its gas exports to Europe through Ukraine, according to a government statement published on Friday. - Reuters

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