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Nippon Steel Corp., bracing for possible disruptions to its iron-ore supplies from Russia and Ukraine, is planning to make up any shortfall by buying more of the steel-making ingredient from alternative sources in Brazil and Australia.

About 14% of the company’s iron ore pellet feedstock currently comes from Russia and Ukraine, Takahiro Mori, executive vice president of Japan’s biggest steelmaker, said in an interview this week.

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