Live Updates | Pipeline operator stops natural gas flow

In this image from a video provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.  (Press Office of the President of Ukraine via AP)

In this image from a video provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Press Office of the President of Ukraine via AP)

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The Ukrainian natural gas pipeline operator said it would halt Russian supplies through its Novopskov hub in a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists.

The hub handles about a third of Russian gas flowing through the country to western Europe, although Russia’s state-owned natural gas giant Gazprom put the figure at about a quarter.

The operator, which had also complained about disruptions along the route last month, said it would halt the flow from Wednesday due to disruptions by “occupational forces”, including apparent gas siphoning. It said Russia could reroute affected shipments via Sudzha, Ukraine’s other main hub, in a Ukrainian-controlled northern part of the country.

Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said Ukraine’s request for a diversion was “technologically impossible” and the company saw no reason for Ukraine’s decision.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

– The USA and Western Europe are angry about the uncertain end of the Ukraine war

— The Ukrainians are winning in the east, clinging to the Mariupol mill

— Militants appeal for the evacuation of wounded from the Mariupol mill

– House of Representatives approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, bolstering Biden’s demand

— Leonid Kravchuk, first president of independent Ukraine, dies

– The ambassador candidate for Ukraine is aiming for a speedy reopening of the embassy

— Follow all AP reports on Russia’s war against Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

The British military says Ukraine’s attack on Russian forces on Snake Island in the Black Sea is helping to disrupt Moscow’s attempts to expand its influence in the Black Sea.

In a daily intelligence briefing published on Twitter on Wednesday, Britain’s MoD said: “Russia (attempts) repeatedly to reinforce its exposed garrison there.”

It added: “Ukraine has successfully attacked Russian air defense and supply ships using Bayraktar drones. Following the Russian Navy’s withdrawal to Crimea following the loss of the Moscow River, Russia’s supply ships in the western Black Sea enjoy minimal protection.”

This matches satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press this weekend showing the fighting there.

The British military warned: “If Russia consolidates its position on (Snake) Island with strategic air defenses and coastal defense cruise missiles, they could dominate the northwestern Black Sea.”

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday firmly approved a new $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, as lawmakers stepped up President Joe Biden’s original request and signaled increased, bipartisan commitment, the bloody three-month-old to thwart the invasion of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The measure sailed into passage with a lopsided margin of 368 to 57, providing $7 billion more than Biden’s April request and splitting the increase evenly between defense and humanitarian programs.

The law would provide military and economic aid to Ukraine, help regional allies replenish weapons shipped overseas by the Pentagon, and provide $5 billion to help address global food shortages caused by the war, which has left the normally robust Production of many crops in Ukraine was paralysed.

The new legislation would bring American support for the effort to nearly $54 billion, including the $13.6 billion in support Congress passed in March.

That’s about $6 billion more than the US spent on all of its foreign and military aid in 2019, according to a January report from the bipartisan Congressional Research Service, which examines issues for lawmakers.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday cited some good news from the front, saying the Ukrainian military was gradually pushing Russian troops away from Kharkiv.

Ukraine’s General Staff said its forces pushed Russians out of four villages northeast of Kharkiv as it tried to push them back towards the Russian border.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials on Tuesday said Russian missiles hit the vital port of Odessa, apparently as part of an effort to cut supply lines and arms shipments vital to Kiev’s defenses.

Ukraine’s ability to hold off a larger, better-armed Russian military has surprised many who expected a much quicker conflict.

With the war now in its 11th week and Kyiv having Russian forces deadlocked in many places and even launching a counteroffensive in others, Ukraine’s foreign minister seemed confident that the country could broaden its goals beyond simply pushing back Russia’s going out to his or her allies on the day of the invasion on February 24th.

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