A natural gas pipeline owned by Gazprom has exploded at the Ukrainian-Moldovan border in the region of Transnistria between Tiraspol and Herbenyky.
There were no casualties or injuries, however, the surrounding communities are concerned about the possibility of another explosion. Furthermore, Russian investigators are looking into any possible malfeasance leading up to the explosion.
The pipeline is damaged extensively, in total a length of 2 kilometres, and will require rebuilding efforts in the two directly affected countries. Meanwhile, experts are assessing the economic toll and revaluating the value of natural gas on the international market. The primary countries affected are likely to be smaller Eastern European states that rely on natural gas imports from Russia – possibly leading to power outages and decreased productivity in economically vulnerable states.