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An explosion in Luhansk: the AFU blew up the Druzhba pipeline
However, this is fake news.
The Druzhba pipeline does not run through the territory of the Luhanskgaz distribution hub in Luhansk, where the explosion occurred. The pipeline passes through the central and western regions of Ukraine.
An image of the main russian gas pipelines to Europe, including the Druzhba (“Brotherhood”) pipeline
A screenshot of the location of the Luhanskgaz gas distribution hub in Mala Verhunka
100% of the gas goes around the russian-occupied Luhansk region.
Сhairperson of the board of Naftogaz Ukraine, Yuriy Vitrenko, said Ukraine currently has nothing to do with the Druzhba pipeline. After the invasion of russian troops in 2014, Ukraine lost control of the pipeline, and it got disconnected from Ukraine’s gas transportation system. It is not used for gas transit, so there could be no explosion on Ukraine’s territory.
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