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7 November 2017, 16:31

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LPR has made regular payments for water supplied via Petrovskiy duct - Deinego

LUGANSK, November 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic has paid for the water supplied from Kiev-controlled Petrovskaya pumping station every month, LPR envoy to Minsk talks, the Republic’s acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said at the Council of Minister’s meeting attended by the LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, state enterprise Luganskvoda director Alexander Avershin said that Ukraine had shut down Petrovskaya pumping station that feeds water to some parts of LPR.

“Reports from Ukraine said yesterday that Lugansk Energy Association planned to stop power supply to the Petrovskiy intake citing an unpaid water bill,” Deinego said.

“There is not a penny worth of debt. The situation is under control in Minsk. Each monthly payment is made according to the schedule which is subject to review; the handover of money is prepared in Minsk,” the diplomat said.

“Furthermore, we’re working not only on the current obligations, but are also paying the rescheduled debt which we’ve had since August 2016,” he said adding  that these payments were made on a monthly basis as well.

“The rescheduling arrangement includes the funds allocated by the Red Cross as assistance to LPR water supply. This money was remitted to Popasnaya water duct accounts,” Deinego said.

On Monday, Ukrainian media reported that Lugansk Energy Association (LEO) would cut off power supply to the Petrovskiy pumping station due to the water duct’s debt amounting to nearly 157 million hryvnas as of 6 November.

LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said that LPR had paid part of the bill for the water supplied via Popasnaya duct, despite Ukraine’s failure to meet its safety commitments. Deinego also noted that OSCE coordinator in the Contact Group economic subgroup Per Fischer had stated that Kiev violated the agreed terms of payments for the water supplied to LPR from Ukraine.

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

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. Until the beginning of December 2016, 45-50 thousand cubic meters were fed from Kiev-controlled territories daily and 260 thousand cubic meters were pumped locally by LuganskVoda.

 In April and May 2017, ZFS supplied 8,000 to 9,000 cubic metres of water to LPR daily. In pre-war period, water supply volume reached 400,000 cubic meters a day.

LuganskMediaCentre — 07 November — Lugansk