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KIEV, September 12 (Itar-Tass) - Ukraine has imported 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas from Poland and Hungary in January-August, the press service of Ukrtransgaz, Ukraine’s state-owned energy company, said on Thursday adding that over this period it had received 15.3 billion cubic meters of Russian gas.
Ukrtransgaz started to buy gas from Poland on November 1, 2012, and from Hungary - on April 1, 2013.
Over this period Ukraine had reduced Russian gas supplies by 29% year-on-year. The gas transit to Western Europe increased by 32 percent to 7.1 billion cubic meters.
According to the Ukrainian statistics service, in 2012 Ukraine bought 32.87 billion cubic meters of Russian gas worth $14 billion. In 2013 Kiev plans to purchase no more than 18 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia’s gas giant Gazprom.
Urktransgaz, where Naftogaz Ukrainy owns a 100% stake, operates 12 underground storage facilities with a total capacity of 31 billion cubic meters.