1 December 2016, 17:06



LPR not to run out of water despite cuts in supply from Ukraine – envoy

LPR residents will not run out of water despite a sharp decrease in water supply from Ukraine-controlled territory, the Republic’s envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, Ukraine shut off water supply to LPR via Petrovksiy duct located in Kiev-controlled territory.

“We’re ready for it. I believe many will experience these problems, but nobody will run out of water here,” Deinego said.

“The situation is under control, specialists will address the issue and tell about new water supply arrangements,” he added.

“Water will be available within the scope of our technical capability; nobody will be left without water,” Deinego said.

LPR envoy to the economic working group of the Contact Group Elena Kostenko said Ukrainian side informed LPR via the Contact Group of its plans to cut off water supply to the Republic starting 1 December.

Earlier LPR envoy Vladislav Deinego said that Kiev claimed 270 mln hryvnia ($1 mln) that Lugansk allegedly owes it for water supply as the leaders of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) were discussing the revival of stalled peace process in Donbass at roundtable talks in Berlin on Oct. 19-20, though the appropriate payment agreement is not signed yet.

Deinego noted that Article 8 of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements envisioned “Definition of modalities of full resumption of socio-economic ties, including social transfers such as pension payments and other payments (incomes and revenues, timely payments of all utility bills, reinstating taxation within the legal framework of Ukraine).”

He also noted that the work of the Contact Group working group for economic issues has been continuously hampered by Kiev cavilling DPR representative status – Kiev reps refuse to talk to DPR's Maxim Leschenko without providing any reasonable argumentation or reliable information.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the "Normandy Four" (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 01 December — Lugansk