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Fire Engulfs Russia's Only Oil Pipeline To EU

A fire that broke out at oil storage facilities near the Ukraine border could impact the "only pipeline sending Russian oil into Europe," an expert has warned, Jacob Paul reported for the UK’s Daily Express.

Photo Insert: The Druzhba oil pipeline pump station is Russia's only oil pipeline to Europe.

The blaze broke out near the Druzhba oil depot in the Russian city of Bryansk near the Ukrainian border in the early hours of Monday, April 25. A second fuel tank blast was reported by state media at a military unit in Bryansk.

Reports indicated the fire could have been the result of a possible attack by Ukrainian forces on the Druzhba pipeline, which sends oil from Russia to Europe through Ukraine and Belarus.

NATO expert Thomas C. Theiner tweeted: "If this fire is at the Druzhba oil pipeline pump station... then Russia's only oil pipeline to Europe is destroyed.

"Means Germany, Austria, and Hungary get no more Russian oil. And this also puts Russia's main oil terminal at Ust-Luga out of action."

The Druzhba pipeline, which spans 5500kilometres, sends crude oil from Siberia, the Urals, and the Caspian Sea through to a number of EU countries, running via Mozyr in Belarus, where it splits into a northern and a southern branch.

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The northern branch continues via Belarus and Poland to Germany. The southern branch runs through Ukraine, later sending oil down to Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary through various routes. While the pipeline is responsible for sending between 1.2 million and 1.4 million barrels a day into Europe, it is not the route that takes Russian oil takes into the EU.

Most of the imports into Europe are made via oil tankers and ports instead. Between 70 percent and 85 percent of Russia's crude oil imports come in through western ports on the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea.

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