An engineer checks the gas distribution system in Beregdaroc, one of several points where Russian gas crosses into the European Union February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
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Russia's Gazprom started Thursday supplying gas directly to the rebel-controlled area in east Ukraine after pro-Moscow separatist leaders said Kiev had cut supplies, the company's chief said.Prokhorovka is on the border of Russia and the rebel-controlled Lugansk region, while Platovo is on Russian border and the Donetsk region.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a government meeting earlier Thursday Russia could deliver "humanitarian aid in the form of gas supplies" to the separatist-controlled territories and ordered the energy ministry to coordinate this with Gazprom.
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