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Ukraine Boosts Russian Gas Imports as Prepayment Threat Looms

Ukraine is boosting natural-gas imports from Russia to the highest in 10 weeks after President Vladimir Putin gave the country one month to resume payments or have to start prepaying for the fuel.

Ukraine imported almost 115 million cubic meters of gas from Russia on April 19, the most since Feb. 5, preliminary data from the Russian Energy Ministry’s CDU-TEK unit show. That compares with 40 million cubic meters on April 16, before Putin’s statement. The daily average in April last year was about 49 million cubic meters, according to Ukrainian Energy Ministry data.