Pipe blast in Russian-occupied east Ukraine knocks out gas supply to thousands
A large explosion that took place at a pipeline late on January 7 in the Russian-occupied Luhansk region has knocked out gas supply to over 13,000 customers, RFE/RL reported, coming a few weeks after similar incidents occurred at energy infrastructure in Russia.
Workers have been dispatched to restore the pipeline, gas transport company Luhanskgaz said in a statement on January 7.
A blast also ripped through a gas pipeline in central Russia on December 20, killing three people and leading to disruptions to Russian gas flow to Europe. Two days earlier, seven people were injured when a fire broke out at the Markovskoye oil and gas field in the Irkutsk region of east Russia.
While such incidents are not unusual in the Russian energy industry, there appears to have been an uptick in a number of serious ones over the past year.