A powerful gas pipeline explosion that occurred soon after midnight on 15 September will temporary affect only domestic gas production in the east of Ukraine, according to a statement released on Tuesday by state gas pipeline operator Operator GTS Ukrainy (OGTSU).

The explosion has destroyed a section of the 40-inch trunkline near the village of Chabany in the Kiev region.

No one has been injured due in part to the location of the segment being in an open field.