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2 December 2016, 21:11

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Deinego: LPR counts on OSCE to reason with Ukraine

LPR counts on OSCE coordinator of the Contact Group to reason with Ukraine and unblock the work of the economic subgroup in Minsk, LPR envoy said.

The Ukrainian side has disrupted the work of the working group on economic issue for six times in a row, refusing to negotiate with DPR representative Maksim Leschenko who is allegedly under criminal investigation in Ukraine.

"I hope that the international community, and economic subgroup coordinator Mr. Fisher and the Minsk Contact Group coordinator Mr. Sajdik in particular will take steps to reason with Ukraine and re-launch the work of the subgroup that will be able to work out and coordinate acceptable procedures of reciprocal payments and eradicate debts that exist at the moment," Deinego said.

On December, 1st the Ukrainian side shut off water supply to LPR through Petrovskiy water duct located on the Kiev-controlled territory, and reduced feed via ZFS water treatment plant by twofold.

"Though the debt (for water supply to LPR) was formed due to Ukraine's enormous efforts to prevent any reasonable moves aimed at reciprocal settlement. In other words, Ukraine itself blocks the settlement and then cuts off water for non-payment of bills," the envoy added.

"It is an over-biased political decision, politically motivated steps that inflict damage on enterprises and people of LPR," he noted.

Kiev supplies water to LPR territory via two main sources - West water treatment plant ZFS (Lisichansk area) and Petrovskiy duct (Stanitsa Luganskaya area).

In case ZFS is shut off or significantly reduces the feed, Stakhanov, Kirovsk, Bryanka, Pervomaisk, Krasniy Luch, Antratsit and Alchevsk faced a significant depletion of water supply. Lugansk and its Kamennobrodskiy district in particular mostly depend on Petrovskiy water pipe.

State water company LuganskVoda reported that the Republic was provided with 72 percent of the water it needed by the end of August 2016 with 84 percent contribution from its own sources, Ukraine's input was reduced to 15 percent.

Until May 2014 overall 258 thousand cubic meters of water were supplied daily to the towns that are currently located in LPR, 132 thousand cubic meters were pumped locally. Untill the beginning of December 2016, 40-50 thousand cubic meters were fed from Kiev-controlled territories daily and 215 thousand cubic meters were pumped locally by LuganskVoda.

Earlier LPR envoy Vladislav Deinego said that Kiev claimed 270 mln hryvnia ($1 mln) that Lugansk allegedly owes it for water supply as the leaders of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) were discussing the revival of stalled peace process in Donbass at roundtable talks in Berlin on Oct. 19-20, though the appropriate payment agreement is not signed yet.

Deinego noted that Article 8 of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements envisioned “Definition of modalities of full resumption of socio-economic ties, including social transfers such as pension payments and other payments (incomes and revenues, timely payments of all utility bills, reinstating taxation within the legal framework of Ukraine).”

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the "Normandy Four" (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 02 December — Lugansk