Russia cuts off gas supplies to Europe
Russia has cut off all gas supplies to Europe because of a dispute with its neighbour, Ukraine.
Tens of thousands of people have been left without heat in some parts of central Europe as governments tried to find alternative gas.
Early today, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments, while France, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary reported substantial drops in supplies.
Bulgaria looks to be the country worst affected by this.
RUSSIA cut off all gas supplies to Europe today in a dispute with its neighbour. Russian gas giant Gazprom stopped sending any gas to European consumers at 5.44am GMT today, Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz said.
Russia confirmed the cut-off, but said it was Ukraine's fault because it had shut down the last pipeline carrying Russian gas.
Exports of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine appear to have completely stopped amid a dispute over gas supplies between the two countries.
Heating systems shut down in some parts of central Europe, as outdoor temperatures plunged to -10C or lower.
Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other, and the EU says it wants its own monitors to check the flow of gas.