Ukraine said on Tuesday it would suspend gas flows through a transit point, which it said delivers nearly a third of the fuel supplied from Russia to Europe via Ukraine, blaming Moscow for the move and saying it would divert flows elsewhere.

Ukraine remained the main transit of Russian gas to Europe even after Moscow’s invasion.

The Central Election Commission, which manages Ukraine’s gas system, said it would cut off supplies on the Sakhranovka route on Wednesday, declaring it “force majeure” – a point it refers to when something gets out of its control.

But Gazprom, which has a monopoly on the export of Russian gas through the pipeline, said it was “technologically impossible” to move all volumes to the Sudzha connection point further west, as suggested by the Central Executive Committee.

Sergei Makogon, director general of the State Security Committee, told Reuters that Russian occupation forces had begun transiting gas through Ukraine and sending it to two Russian-backed separatist regions in the east.

He did not provide evidence.

The company said it could not operate at the Navapskaya gas compressor station due to “interference by occupying forces in technical processes,” adding that it could temporarily transfer the affected flow to the Suja physical connection point in Ukraine-controlled territory.

Ukraine’s suspension of Russian natural gas flows through the Sakhran route should not affect the domestic Ukrainian market, said Reuters head of the state energy company “Naftogaz” Yuri Vitrenko.

The state-owned gas company of Moldova, a small country on Ukraine’s western border, said it had not received any notifications from GTOU or Gazprom about the cessation of supplies.

The Navapsk compressor station in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine was occupied by Russian forces and separatist militants shortly after Moscow launched what it calls a “special military operation” in February.

This is the first compressor in the Ukrainian gas transit system in the Luhansk region, a transit route of about 32.6 million cubic meters of gas per day, or a third of Russian gas coming to Europe via Ukraine, according to the Central Committee.

The Center said that in order to fulfill its “transit obligations to European partners in full”, it will “temporarily transfer unavailable capacity” to the connection point “Sudzha”.

Gazprom said it had received a notification from Ukraine that the country was suspending gas transit to Europe via the Sakhranovka interconnector from 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

The Russian company said it had seen no evidence of force majeure or obstacles to continue.

Gazprom added that it was fulfilling all its obligations to gas buyers in Europe.

The United States has called on countries to reduce their dependence on Russian energy and has banned imports of Russian oil and other energy in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday’s announcement did not change the schedule to reduce global dependence on Russian oil “as soon as possible.”

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