World Bulletin / News Desk
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has urged the Energy Minister and Gazprom officials to supply natural gas to eastern Ukraine as aid after supplies were reportedly cut off by Kiev.
His comments came on Thursday after separatist sources earlier reported the Kiev government had stopped the supply of natural gas to regions under their control and reserves were only expected to last until the evening.
Medvedev said: "Russia should supply gas to the rebel-controlled regions if Ukraine fails to restore deliveries."
"People must not freeze in that region."
"I would like to see the ministry of energy along with Gazprom prepare a proposal for the provision of humanitarian assistance in the form of natural gas supplies for the needs of these regions," he said.
The self-proclaimed regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have been in conflict with Kiev since April 2014.
Pro-Russian separatists took the control of the key railway hub of Debaltseve on Wednesday after days of fierce fighting, despite a cease-fire agreed in Minsk on Feb.12 being scheduled to begin last Sunday.
The Ukraine crisis has negatively affected the country and surrounding region, with Russia's ruble falling in value amid low global oil prices and Western sanctions being imposed on Russia over the Ukraine conflict.
More than 5,300 people have been killed and 12,200 others injured in eastern Ukraine since mid-April last year in the ongoing conflict, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.Last Mod: 19 Şubat 2015, 16:41