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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Storm Halts Ukraine Oil for a Day

KIEV -- The flow of Russian oil through a Ukrainian pipeline to other parts of Europe was restored Friday after a temporary shutdown caused by a severe storm, a pipeline official said Friday.

The flow of oil had been interrupted on a section of the Druzhba pipeline running from the city of Brody in western Ukraine to the Ukrainian border with Slovakia and Hungary on Thursday night. The interruption happened when the storm knocked out the power supply to a western Ukrainian pumping station and prevented supplies from reaching both countries.

The flow of oil was fully restored Friday afternoon, Ukrtransnafta pipeline company spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov said.

He said extra oil would be pumped to make up for the overnight losses.

Sergei Grigoriyev, of the Transneft pipeline monopoly, confirmed that Russia was still pumping oil into the pipeline and had been told the damaged pumping station would be repaired Friday.

The shutdown comes after oil supplies were temporarily stopped on the Belarussian section of the Druzhba pipeline during a fight between Belarus and Russia over transit tariffs earlier this month.

The Druzhba pipeline has two branches, one of which runs to Poland and Germany, and the other to Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.