"We did not accept it (the Russian gas,)" said Oleh Dubina, Naftohaz chairman, at a Kyiv press conference. "Had we done so we would have left four Ukrainian regions (Odessa, Lugansk, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk Oblasts of Ukraine - ed.) without gas of their own."
The Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom on Tuesday morning increased pressure in its pipelines so that a volume of 76 million cubic metres of gas would move daily along a gas main crossing Ukraine for delivery to Moldova and other Balkan nations.
Low pressure in Ukraine`s gas pipeline system caused by a two-week Russian embargo made transfering onward the Tuesday Russian increase technically impossible, a Naftohaz official confirmed to dpa.
The official asked not to be identified as he was not authorized to give comments to the media.
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