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5 July 2017, 19:51

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LPR and Kiev agree water payments mechanism - Deinego

LUGANSK, July 5 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR and Kiev have reached an agreement over the mechanism of payments for water supplied from Ukraine to the Republic, said LPR envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego.

"We've managed to find a perspective mechanism of settlements for water supplied from the Ukrainian side. We shall try out the mechanism. There is hope that it will work out."

Earlier Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Contact Group Martin Sajdik said that the members of the Contact Group had reached an agreement concerning the payments for the water.

Deinego emphasized that Ukraine obstructs all possible ways of cashless payments for water supplied in LPR from Kiev-controlled territories.

Currently Ukraine supplies only 16 pc of the agreed water amount to LPR via the ZFS-2 water duct.

Kiev supplies water to LPR territory via two main sources -West water treatment plant ZFS (Popasnyanskiy Water Duct , 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.

Earlier Lugansk Energy Union Company press service announced the plans to cut energy supply to Popasnyanskiy Water Duct, which owes it 128 mln hryvnia.

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 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. Until the beginning of December 2016, 40-50 thousand cubic meters were fed from Kiev-controlled territories daily and 260 thousand cubic meters were pumped locally by Lugansk Voda.

LuganskMediaCentre — 05 July — Lugansk