It will still take three days for the gas to reach some areas once supplies are restored.
And even then, reports the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse from Kiev, there is still no progress on the underlying issue that provoked this crisis in the first place - the question of how much Ukraine should pay Russia for the gas it consumes in the future, and how much Russia should pay Ukraine in return for transporting gas to Europe.
Speaking in Ukraine last night, the current EU president, Mr Topolanek, said a deal was not far off.
"What remains to be done is to fine-tune the technical details and to agree on the signature of a trilateral agreement," he said.
But recriminations continued late on Friday over Russian charges that Ukraine had been stealing gas, with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also accusing Ukrainian authorities of corruption.
"The money from these deals was probably used for political aims or to solve personal problems," he said. "Such thievery can't be left unaccountable."
Dependence on Russia for gas:
100% dependent on Russia: Latvia, Slovakia, Finland, Estonia
More than 80% dependent: Bulgaria, Lithuania, Czech Republic
More than 60% dependent: Greece, Austria, Hungary
Source: European Council on Foreign Relations, 2006 figures
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