A gas station outside the city of Uzhgorod in Ukraine - 21 May 2014
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Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine

Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies to Kiev, in a major escalation of a dispute between the two nations.

"Gas supplies to Ukraine have been reduced to zero," Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said.

Russia's state-owned gas company Gazprom said Ukraine had to pay in advance for its gas supplies, after Kiev failed to settle its huge debt.

Gazprom had sought from Kiev $1.95bn (£1.15bn) - out of $4.5bn it says it is owed - by 06:00 GMT.

BBC World's Aaron Heslehurst reports.

  • 16 Jun 2014
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