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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pipeline Explosion Stops Russian Oil to Ukraine

An explosion has stopped Russian oil flowing down a major pipeline to Ukraine, but normal service will be resumed by Tuesday, Russia's Transneft state pipeline company said Monday.

"It is one of the major oil pipelines in Russia. It will return to normal functioning tomorrow," Transneft's deputy president, Alexander Dzhardzhimanov, said by telephone.

He would not say how badly the stoppage on the Samara-Lisichansk line would affect oil deliveries to Ukraine, which is heavily dependent on Russia for supplies of oil and gas.

"We do not supply them constantly," said Dzhardzhimanov. "We sell specific amounts to them when they ask for them. We are not pumping oil every day, so it is difficult to calculate the amount."

A spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry said the explosion happened 40 kilometers northeast of the town of Pugachev at 4 P.M. Sunday.

The pipeline was still out of action and the cause of the explosion was unclear, she said. The spokeswoman said the pipeline was a large one, 102 centimeters in diameter.

Itar-Tass said oil had been sprayed into a nearby ravine and onto arable fields, but there were no water supplies or villages in the vicinity. An 11-man team had been sent to repair the damage.