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15 May 2018, 19:31

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LPR informs Minsk talks participants about environmental problems in Kiev-held Donbass areas

LUGANSK, May 15 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic representatives provide regular updates to participants in the Contact Group meetings on the dangerous ecological situation in Kiev-held parts of Donbass, LPR Council of Ministers acting deputy chairman Alexander Drobot said at the round table discussion at the Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday which addressed environmental risks posed by facilities in Ukraine-controlled territory.

“A section of the Donbass people reunification programme is devoted to the environmental safety of Donbass. A joint inspectorate was set up to address these issues. It comprises personnel of the Emergencies and Natural Resources and Environmental Safety Ministries. Initially, we voiced our initiative to Ukraine, the party that had taken an aggressive stance towards us; we offered it our services, tried to make contacts and offered to hold video conferences, i.e. we were ready to meet,” he said.

“We carried out some 100 Donbass environmental safety events under the aegis of the humanitarian programme. Furthermore, we passed the materials on our “round table meetings” to the LPR representatives in Minsk, in order to tell them about our concern over the situation in Kiev-controlled territory, namely in industrial areas of the Lugansk region,” Drobot said adding that unlike Ukraine, LPR authorities and residents paid special attention to environmental safety.

Earlier on Tuesday, Drobot said that operating companies in Kiev-held parts of the Lugansk region posed a threat to residents’ life and health because of worn-out equipment they were using.

Director of the Peace Initiatives and Conflict Studies Institute Denis Denisov said that Ukrainian authorities were  not taking measures to prevent a possible ecological disaster in Donbass. "They can't wait to see the tragedy unfold, in order to wheedle funds out of the West under the pretext of eliminating the consequences and then embezzle them," Denisov said. He also noted that Ukraine was trying to accuse the Republics of environmental negligence in order to distract the international community and the public from problems at home.

The LPR and DPR envoys to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego and Denis Pushilin stated that the Republics insisted on the inspection of environmentally hazardous coalmines located in Kiev-controlled Donbass. 

Head of the LPR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Safety Department for Recycling Evgeniy Serdyuk noted that the Ukrainian policy in handling waste was conductive to an ecological catastrophe in the region.

Earlier, acting LPR Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said the authorities in Kiev-held territories of Lugansk Region deliberately concealed the catastrophic ecological situation from their citizens.

LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said the LPR and DPR were insisting on immediate ecological inspections at Kiev-held parts of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

On February 17 DPR and LPR Heads Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitskiy launched the program of humanitarian assistance to residents of Kiev-held parts of Donbass. The main goal of the programme is to support socially vulnerable groups. It envisions financial and medical aid and education services, as well as environmental safety of Donbass residents.

LPR Telecom and Mass Communications Ministry launched the humanitarian programme website.

LuganskMediaCentre — 15 May — Lugansk