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30 January 2018, 15:54

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Kiev stops water supply to LPR from Petrovskiy Duct - Luganskvoda

LUGANSK, January 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine stopped water supply to the Lugansk People’s Repubic via Petrovskiy Duct located in Kiev-controlled area without notification, the state owned water supply company Luganskvoda press service told Lugansk Media Centre.

“Today, at 12:10, Moscow time, Petrovskaya pumping station of Popasnaya Water Duct in Kiev controlled territory stopped water supply,” Luganskvoda said.

It is not the first time Ukraine stops water supply to LPR without prior notification; as before, this caused temporary water shortages in Privetnoye, Oboznoye and Vesyolaya Gora village of Slavyanoserbskiy district, it said.

“Luganskvoda specialists have begun works to change the water supply scheme for the above settlements,” the press service said.

Luganskvoda state-owned enterprise director Alexander Avershin earlier said that LPR had no outstanding debt for the water supplied from Ukraine.

Despite existing accords, Kiev has repeatedly blocked water supply to the Republic from its water intakes since the beginning of this year.

LPR envoy to Minsk talk, the Republic’s acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said LPR had paid for the water supplied from Kiev-controlled area every month.

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.

 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 12 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 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 — 30 January — Lugansk