The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine will investigate the causes of the explosion that occurred today on the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline near Luben in the Poltava region, and also propose measures that would minimize the risk of such situations in the future.
The press service of the Ministry of Energy noted that, according to the information received, there are no threats to the transit of Russian gas to Europe and Ukraine, thus, retains the status of a reliable gas transit country.
On January 9, 2021 at 15:50, according to operational information, the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline was depressurized in the Poltava region near the city of Lubny. There were no casualties or injuries in the accident.
Repair crews work at the scene of the incident while the accident is localized. There is no danger for residents of neighboring settlements.
The Ukrainian gas transportation system operator is taking action in accordance with the Emergency Localization and Elimination Plan (PLAS) and has already reported the incident to the National Police, DSSN, SBU. An investigation will establish the likely causes of the emergency, including the possibility of sabotage or attempted illegal tapping.