Ukraine-Russia Near "Serious Conflict" Following Explosion In Largest European Gas Transit Pipeline

Tyler Durden's picture

With 2 Russian TV journalists killed in recent days and on the heels of Russia's cutting off Ukraine's gas supply for non-payment, Interfax is reporting that:

  • *EXPLOSION ON UKRAINE GAS TRANSIT PIPELINE REPORTED: IFX
  • *INTERFAX CITES UKRAINE INTERIOR MINISTRY ON GAS PIPELINE BLAST

Witnesses say flames are reaching 200 metres high. Gazprom shares are tumbling on the news (as should European stocks) and Russia's Foreign Affairs Committee Chief Aleksei Pushkov warned relations between Ukraine and Russia have entered a new stage and are "moving closer towards a serious conflict."

As RT reports,

An explosion has struck a pipeline in the eastern Ukrainian Poltava region. Witnesses say flames from the blast are up to 200 meter high, RIA Novosti reports.

The “Brotherhood” natural gas pipeline (Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod) is about one kilometer away from the nearest settlement. No injuries have been reported from the blast. Fire fighting crews have been deployed to the scene.

Operating since 1967, the “Brotherhood” is the largest consumer gas pipeline in Europe, clocking in at 4,451 km. It cuts through Ukraine and runs into Slovakia, where it diverges in two directions; with one part supplying gas to the Czech Republic, Germany, France and Switzerland, and the other to Austria, Italy, Hungary and several countries in the Balkans.

Pipeline faucets are being tuned off as fire fighters still can’t put out the flame.

 

As Bloomberg reports,

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have entered a new stage and are "moving closer towards a serious conflict", said State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee chief Aleksei Pushkov.

 

Russia did not recognise unilateral border demarcation by Ukraine which was "contrary to all norms of international law", Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Pushkov as saying Tuesday.

 

"An attack on the Russian embassy, an attempted attack on the consulate-general in Odessa, insults to the Russian president, regular arrests of Russian journalists -- I think this is a deliberate decision co-ordinated with the U.S -- all these are links of one chain," he said.

We are sure the explosion/fire on the pipeline will further this sentiment.

Update:

  • *UKRAINE MINISTRY: FIRE BROKE OUT ON GAS PIPLINE, NO EXPLOSION
  • *UKRAINE MINISTRY SAYS INVESTIGATING CAUSE OF GAS PIPELINE FIRE

Coincidental "fire"?

And the purported video of the pipeline..

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youngman's picture

Like I said earlier..that pipeline will be scrap soon and sold to the chinese..steel is 1 dollar a pound....lots of pounds there

Dragon HAwk's picture

Russia uses Steel to make ammo, could be a win,  win situation there...

NidStyles's picture

I am so glad I bought some Nat Gas futures yesterday.

Sudden Debt's picture

American gas? Watch it because America can't export it and it's useless for Europe.

Better take northsea gas

Keyser's picture

Bullish for winter coats and coal in the EU!!!

 

dontgoforit's picture

Looks like they're having a blast over there.

agNau's picture

Putin

"Europe, the Americans have just turned your gas off."

Almost Solvent's picture

Marshmallows!

Chocolate!

Graham Crackers!

Mmmmmmmmm Smores!

Latina Lover's picture

USSA foreign policy at work... if you can't own it or steal it, you destroy it. 

Citxmech's picture

Fuck with the flow of The Spice and this shit's going to get serious real quick.

I'm not sure how enthusiastic Europe's support for Ukraine is going to remain if it means that they risk losing up to 1/3 of their heat this coming winter.

Pinto Currency's picture

 

This is the pipeline that matters.

It has the ability to meet 70% Germany's required gas capacity but it runs at only 25% of its capacity (or about 15% of Germany's requirement) currently.

It can rapidly be twinned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nord_Stream

Info:

http://www.indexmundi.com/germany/natural_gas_consumption.html

http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/nord-stream-pipeline-capacity-utilization

john39's picture

can't they blame this on ISIL?  or am i getting my psyops confused?  admittedly, just can't bother to sort it all out anymore.

Latina Lover's picture

Blame it on the Russians... they hate bi-sexual, kenyan-hawaian,half black semi jews who play golf while pretending to be a USSA president.

Manthong's picture

I said it last week.

If I was in the east/southern EU I would be long logs and wool.

One of these days they will figure out that the EU is the problem, not the solution.

But then again, if you drink enough Ouzo and Retsina and pass out on the beach at Gylfada in January you would be cold and pickled but likely, still alive.

Newsboy's picture

How ideal!

Too ideal.

I smell false flag.

Who "benefits"?

7.62x54r's picture

Expect the Germans and Polish to punch a replacement pipeline through before next winter. And nowhere near the Ukaine.

Obama is such a retard.

stoneworker's picture

Since Germany will be supplied via the Nord stream it seems the biggest losers will be Italy, Greece, Hungary...Southern Europe.

Pinto Currency's picture

 

Then there is the South Stream pipeline which is under construction.

The losers are the Ukrainians whose country is soon going to look like Iraq.

 

http://www.south-stream.info/en/maps/karty/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Stream

Escapedgoat's picture

They do have plenty of corrupt Politicians and  Banksters  to BURN.

Latina Lover's picture

The Ukrainian Kiev Kriminal Kabal is simply following orders from the USSA viceroy, Nudelman.  They are commanded to do anything possible to provoke a war with Russia, so that Ukraine can play the victum and then NATO/USSA will ride in to rescue the day. 

NidStyles's picture

It's more sinister than that. The politicians see a future opportunity of exporting the US natural gas reserves, so instigating a bunch of chaos along the easily accessible nat gas sources makes it that much more likely for the exportation of US natural gas to occur at a significant profit. 

 

Edit: saw your other post where you stated the same. :-)

El Vaquero's picture

Problem with that is, we had to import natural gas last year.  We exported some too, but we still had to import.  There is not enough elasticity in supplies to meet current demands at home and to also meet demands abroad.  That is saying nothing about the energy wasted going from gas to LNG for shipping or the infrastructure required to ship the stuff overseas.  If they're trying to set up nat gas exports, it is a move that reeks of desperation. 

NidStyles's picture

As if the great ones cared about the peasants having natural gas. 

Uber Vandal's picture

http://ir.eia.gov/ngs/ngs.html

http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/report/natgas.cfm

Natural Gas Inventories

Natural gas working inventories totaled 1,499 Bcf on May 30, which is 737 Bcf lower than the same time last year and 896 Bcf lower than the previous five-year (2009-2013) average.

 

disabledvet's picture

"They have enough to fight with."

sushi's picture

Plus more than three years required to build the necessary infrastucture. That is a long time to be spent huddled in woolen coats burning FRNs to stay warm.

Handful of Dust's picture

Those are pretty fiery words from the Russian Minister.

Leto II's picture

He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing.

Four chan's picture

is that from the koran?

Citxmech's picture

Which might as well be a loose script for what we're seeing right now.

Z_End's picture

The US as House Harkonnen? Or the Emporer?

terex's picture

Exactly!! That's why only Russians kill Russian journalists....

Citxmech's picture

My understanding is that "Harkonnen" was a euphemism for "American."

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

(obligatory) Fear is the mindkiller.

Duffy Duck's picture

"You are a holy people unto the LORD thy God and He has chosen you above all others upon the face of the earth…Therefore when the LORD your God brings you into the land you are to possess and casts out the many peoples living there, you shall slaughter them all and utterly destroy them…You shall make no agreements with them nor show them any mercy. You shall destroy their altars, break down their images, cut down their groves and burn their graven images with fire…"

–Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 14

Strange g0d.

Rusty Shorts's picture

Strange indeed, straight from the Bible>>> The Serpent told Eve the truth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMEot_ffP7w

 

...kinda puts a whole new twist on the matter.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Imagine, though, that this was about Detroit instead of Canaan. Makes it harder to reflexively say, "Oh, that's terrible."

JoBob's picture

Gods are very powerful. Did you ever consider that they may be clinically insane at the same time?

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

If by "clinically insane" you mean "non-existent" then yes, I have considered this. Everyone in a cult is convinced theirs is not a cult, it's the true path. 

Latina Lover's picture

The USSA wants to provoke a war with Russia via Ukraine to block further Eurasasian Integration, to control europe by creating a phony Russian Bogeyman, and to eventually sell overpriced Nat Gas to Europe, and/or to convince them to destroy their water tables and environment via Haliburtions monopoly on fracking chemicals. 

 

USSA does not care if they destroy the Ukraine,and they are happy to 'Fuck the EU' (Nudelman), and they expect minimal blowback since there is little trade and no significant borders between Russia and USSA.

disabledvet's picture

If this is true (so true?) then clearly Putin fell for it hook, line and "sink her."

I think not going into Syria is going to be seen as one of the worst "fleeing from decision" ever.

sushi's picture

Putin appears to be acting with considerable restraint.

Image if Mexico was subject to a coup and the new facist  goons in power to nuke US retirement communities in Mexico and then launched a full military attack against them using both air and ground assets.

You think USSA would sit idly by and twiddle its thumbs?

 

7.62x54r's picture

With Obama at the helm?

Yes.

sushi's picture

If you understand this, and I understand this, it seems reasonable to presume that there are EU statesmen who also understand this.

I f you know you live under the long reach of NSA you know you need to be very careful what you say. But I suspect there will come a day when FUCK THE USSA enteres the lexicon of a number of EU languages.

 

stoneworker's picture

I could not agree more with your statement. Good bye EU manufacturing one less party to compete with.