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U.S. Refiners Buy Most Russian Pacific Crude in Eight Months

A gas drilling rig in the Lensk district of the Sakha Republic, Russia.

A gas drilling rig in the Lensk district of the Sakha Republic, Russia.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Shipments of crude from Russia’s Pacific coast terminals to refineries in the the U.S. have risen in February to their highest level since June, despite the tensions that culminated with President Vladimir Putin sending troops into Ukraine.

Four crude cargoes are heading for refineries in Washington state and Hawaii from Russian Pacific terminals, according to ship tracking data monitored by Bloomberg. That’s equivalent to 101,000 barrels a day, the highest daily average in eight months.