News / Europe

Report: Putin, Poroshenko Discuss Cease-Fire Following Pipeline Blast

FILE - A general view of the gas production and transporting station on a gas-field near the Ukrainian city Poltava, some 330 km east of the capital Kyiv 04 January 2006.
FILE - A general view of the gas production and transporting station on a gas-field near the Ukrainian city Poltava, some 330 km east of the capital Kyiv 04 January 2006.
VOA News
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Tuesday with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko about a possible cease-fire in southeastern Ukraine.

No details were released, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Putin also voiced concern over the deaths Tuesday of two Russian state journalists near the Ukrainian city of Luhansk. Peskov said Ukraine has promised to investigate the deaths. Regional news reports say the journalists died when their car was hit by mortar fire near the rebel-held city.

The top-level discussion is only the second known direct contact between leaders of the two countries since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in March.

Pipeline explosion

The call followed an explosion in central Ukraine's Poltava region Tuesday hit a section of the largest transit pipeline for Russian natural gas to western Europe, in what one Ukrainian official said may have been a terrorist act.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said several theories for the cause of the explosion were being considered, the main one being that it was "a terrorist act." He said local residents heard two loud blasts just before the section of pipeline burst into flames, suggesting a "deliberate" act.

Local officials quoted eyewitnesses as saying they saw flames from the fire reaching up to 200 meters. No one was hurt in the incident.

Avakov said Ukrainian authorities last month thwarted two attempted attacks against Ukraine's gas pipeline system in western Ukraine.

The Reuters news agency quoted a source at Gazprom, Russia's state-run natural gas company, as saying that blast had not disrupted the flow of gas thanks to a "parallel pipeline."

Tuesday's blast took place hundreds of kilometers away from eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian government forces and have declared two so-called "people's republics."

On Monday, Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in a pricing dispute.

The pipeline explosion took place amid reports of continuing violence in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian media reported Tuesday that separatists were using heavy artillery to shell Ukrainian army units in the Luhansk region.

A Russian state television reporter (Igor Kornelyuk) was killed Tuesday in the Luhansk fighting, apparently as the result of mortar fire. His sound engineer was reported missing.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the reporter's death proved "the criminal nature of the forces who unleashed the punitive operation in eastern Ukraine."

Meanwhile, Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday appealed to foreign journalist organizations to counter what it called "acts of media provocation" and unverified information being disseminated by the Russian press.

The appeal, which was addressed to groups including Reporters Without Borders and the International Federation of Journalists, accused Russia of spreading "false, incomplete and biased information about Ukraine" as part of a "coordinated and targeted information war."

You May Like

Multimedia US Defense Secretary: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will to Fight'

Ash Carter criticizes Iraq's reaction to Islamic State; National Security Advisor Susan Rice echoed Carter's concerns in an interview on CBS More

Boko Haram Surrounds Havens With Land Mines

Chad and Cameroon say huge numbers of land mines planted by Boko Haram fighters along Cameroon's border with Nigeria are a danger to people, livestock and soldiers More

Women Peace Activists Cross Korean DMZ

Governments of Koreas give international delegation of women peace activists permission to pass through heavily fortified border, but some critics say symbolic crossing only benefits Pyongyang More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Sunny Enwerem from: Abeokuta Nigeria
June 18, 2014 6:06 AM
The Reuters news agency quoted a source at Gazprom, Russia's state-run natural gas company, as saying that blast had not disrupted the flow of gas thanks to a "parallel pipeline."..........this is a clear treat from Russia on any form of sanction,the EU are clearly toothless against Russia except they plan to freeze.

by: Igor from: Russia
June 18, 2014 4:46 AM
The Western media, which always considers itself a trusted source of information, continues to cover up the barbaric and inhuman of those in power in Kiev against innocent civilians and journalists. They are always trying to avoid covering facts that show the brutality of their new ally, even the dirty and uneducated words of its foreign minister.
In Response

by: becksk8
June 18, 2014 10:20 AM
Igor,
I am in Ukraine now, my wife is Ukrainian, my children have 3 passports. I have been here for 3 weeks this trip, visited not only Kiev, but also south eastern Ukraine, the azov sea with my family. Its great here, friendly and happy people. You my friend are unfortuneatley being lied to on an hourly basis by your leader and the Russian media. Its not the western media that is reporting accurately, its the entire world that is telling it like it is.

Just yesterday the United Nations came to the conclusion that there are NO human rights violations happening in Ukraine. You seem to be able to speak English unlike most Russian people which is a great benefit for you. You should have no difficulty finding accurate information on the internet on what is actually happening.

Your government is the biggest enemy towards the Russian people, You deserve better, it is sad.. I have been to Russia many times, probably seen more of the country than most Russians have in fact. Is saddens me to see the neglected infrastructure, the poverty and the enormous social disparities. Ukraine is lucky, they are now on the path away from the corrupt Russian system and joining not the west, but the fraternity of free nations. Next election I suggest you vote for change.

by: Lev Havryliv from: Sydney
June 18, 2014 1:37 AM
The treatment of Ukrainian issues in the state-controlled Russian media is scandalously distorted. There are examples of outright lies, fake videos and deliberate disinformation which amount to a mendacious propaganda campaign.

This particularly the case when dealing with events in east Ukraine.

by: BeckSk8 from: Sweden
June 18, 2014 1:03 AM
This is awesome news! Europe needs to understand that it will not be business as usual and that they can not depend on stable fuel delivery as long as they allow Russia to be the aggressor. My bet is this will not be the last attack on the Ukrainian pipeline, in addition other pipelines in Belarus and the new pipline´under construction in Serbia and Bulgaria are also at risk.
In Response

by: great ukr from: RF
June 18, 2014 9:30 AM
Let us build a pipeline through Sweden-there would be no risk. Serbia and Bulgaria and that it is not the EU? That is scary to have the pipeline in these countries. Insanity such reasoning is sizzling hot!
In Response

by: Igor from: Russia
June 18, 2014 5:55 AM
Why do you know that Russian media is lying? You have just returned from Ukraine or you have heard it from Western media???

by: Joseph Effiong from: Calabar - nigeria
June 17, 2014 11:11 PM
All the violence in Ukraine is masterminded by russia. The gas pipeline explosion is coordinated by russia so that Ukraine will be blamed.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs