**Russia Cuts Gas Supply to Ukraine**
Russian energy giant Gazprom says it is cutting gas supplies to Ukraine following Kyiv's failure to meet a Monday deadline to pay nearly $2 billion of its outstanding debt.
Gazprom says Ukraine must now pre-pay for any natural gas after missing the deadline.
Also Monday, Gazprom filed a lawsuit in a Stockholm arbitration court to try to recover Ukraine's entire $4.5 billion debt.
Ukraine is a conduit for gas supplies to other parts of Europe. Gazprom notified European countries that shipments through Ukraine will not be affected, but warned there could be a disruption if Ukraine decides to siphon off the gas. A Gazprom spokesman said Ukraine's state-owned Naftogaz is obliged to make sure the gas reaches its European customers.
Russia and Ukraine have been embroiled in the energy dispute since April when Moscow nearly doubled the price of gas to Ukraine to $480 per 1,000 cubic meters. Russia has since offered about a 20 percent discount, but Kyiv negotiators have sought a deeper price cut, closer to the original price.
Germany-Portugal Tops World Cup Schedule Monday
The reigning top football ((soccer)) player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, leads his Portugal squad against Germany at the World Cup in Brazil on Monday in an opening-round match between two of the world's top-ranked teams.
The rest of Group G - the United States and Ghana - also face off Monday along with a Group F match between Iran and Nigeria.
Argentina's Lionel Messi, who was player of the year four times in a row before Ronaldo, scored his first World Cup goal since 2006 on Sunday to lead his team to a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Also Sunday, France defeated Honduras 3-0 thanks to two goals from Karim Benzema and the first score to be decided using the camera-based goal-line technology.
The most exciting contest Sunday was between Switzerland and Ecuador, who were tied 1-1 as the game went into extra time. Two and a half minutes later, Switzerland's Haris Seferovic took a pass from the left side and directed it past the Ecuador keeper into the top left corner of the net for the winner.