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Russia, the largest producer in the region, saw its steelmakers keep their crude steel output broadly steady year-on-year in March at 5.99 million tonnes.

The country saw its finished steel products output inch up by 1%.

But production in Ukraine, the region’s second-largest steelmaker, fell by 36% year-on-year to 1.7 million tonnes in the month.

The country also saw its rolled steel output decline by 39%.

Kazakhstan’s crude steel output rose by 15% year-on-year in March to 344,000 tonnes, while steel production in Belarus was up by 3% year-on-year to 232,000 tonnes, Worldsteel said.