January 1, 2009 3:20 PM

Former landlord Russia turns off Ukraine's gas

Russia's state-run gas monopoly halted natural gas delivery to Ukraine Thursday, delivering a New Year's blow that further heightened tensions between Russia and the former Soviet republic. The dispute could affect not only Ukraine, but much of Europe. About a quarter of Europe's gas is supplied by Russia, and an estimated 80 percent of it goes through Ukraine.

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