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19 July 2019, 16:25

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ICRC not able to set system for LPR-to-Ukraine non-cash water payments - Deinego

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LUGANSK, July 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The ICRC has yet been unable to establish a procedure for a non-cash payment system for LPR to pay for water supplied by Ukraine, said LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.

“The payment is still taking place on the contact line in quite a dangerous place; the money is handed over on a road contaminated with mines. This is a troubling issue as the ICRC-proposed non-cash system has not been implemented. As of today, the ICRC is even unable to say whether it is possible at all.”

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 face a dramatic depletion of water supply. Lugansk and its Kamennobrodskiy district in particular mostly depend on Petrovskiy water pipe.

The state water company Luganskvoda reported that the Republic was provided with 84 percent of the water it needed from its own sources, Ukraine's input was reduced to 15 percent. Until May 12, 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 from local sources. At present, LPR pumps 280,000 cubic meters of water a day from local sources and another 50,000 cubic meters are supplied from Kiev-controlled territory. In pre-war period, water supply volume reached 400,000 cubic meters a day.

LuganskMediaCentre — 19 July — Lugansk