Ukraine billed for Russian gas to occupied Donbas
In the first half of 2017, Russian Gazprom delivered 1,389 billion cubic meters of gas to the self-proclaimed "DPR" ("Donetsk People’s Republic") and "LPR" ("Luhansk People’s Republic"). The price of Russian gas as of the first quarter of 2017 was $306.6 per 1,000 cubic meters, according to the data from Gazprom’s report for the second quarter, UAWire wrote.
According to Gazprom’s data, in the first quarter of 2017, 1.11 billion cubic meters of gas was supplied to militant-controlled territories in Donbas. In the second quarter, the supply was at 280 million cubic meters. Gazprom had started supplying natural gas to the territories beyond Kyiv government control on February 19, 2015.
Read alsoNaftogaz to raise claims against GazpromFrom February 19, 2015 to June 30, 2017, per Gazprom's reports, 5.48 bcm was delivered to Kremlin puppet republics in eastern Ukraine: 1.7 bcm in 2015, 2.39 bcm in 2016, and another 1.39 bcm in the first half of 2017.
Russia adds these deliveries to the debt owed by Naftogaz of Ukraine, though the Ukrainian company has long stated that it does not intend to pay for gas delivered to the territories beyond Ukraine’s control.
Naftogaz has stressed that the company does not accept gas under a contract with Gazprom coming via Prokhorovka and Platovo gas-metering stations. Accordingly, data on gas supplies coming in through these entry points cannot be applied in drafting the reports on acceptance of gas and, accordingly, Naftogaz cannot pay for said deliveries.