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    The head of eastern Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told journalists Saturday that the DPR was fully capable of paying for natural gas deliveries from Russia.

    Alexander Zakharchenko added that the natural gas coming to the republic did not belong to Ukraine.

    “Ukrainians think that our territory is theirs, so the natural gas we are getting from Russia is actually going their way… Well, we’ll think about it, but DPR is actually ready to pay for the Russian gas,” Zakharchenko told the Donetsk News Agency.

    On February 19 Ukraine’s state-run Naftogas Company cut off gas supplies to Donbas explaining it was because of damage to pipelines.  Russia’s

    Gazprom then started using stations on the border with the Luhansk and Donetsk republics to supply gas to the region.

    Just a few hours later the Ukrainian side said it had restored the damaged pipes and resumed supplies.

    The following day Donbas representatives said the gas was coming directly from Gazprom via the southern border with Russia. 

    Gazprom, for its part, insisted that the supplies using the Prokhorovka and Platovo stations had been agreed with the Ukrainian side.

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