20 July 2017, 19:32
LPR partially pays for water supplied via Popasnaya duct - Deinego
LUGANSK, July 20 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR paid part of the bill for the water supplied via Popasnaya duct despite Ukraine’s failure to meet the security commitments, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.
We've tested the payment arrangement, it worked, and part of the money was remitted to our supplier, the Popasnaya water duct,” Deinego said.
“There’s one important point though: the hype around the outcome is somewhat premature. It was quite a problem for us,” he said. “Ukraine did not meet its commitments on ensuring security, they did not turn up at the venue of meeting, and we had to cross into Ukraine to pass them the money. We had to do it in order to break the impasse over payments for supplied water.”
Previously, Ukraine elaborated on how to do, and Ukraine Minister for Economic and Development and Trade Igor Veremiy alleged that Ukraine had long proposed the mechanism. Perhaps they had, but as it was, Ukraine was unable to implement it in the scope agreed upon in Minsk.
“We hope that OSCE will provide assistance in the way of monitoring the payment process,” the diplomat said.
“Mr Sajdik noted in his statement that all was well and that LPR had to continue to meet its liability and pay for current water consumption. We are ready to do so, but under the terms agreed in Minsk. Safety is the key point. During his recent visit, OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug visited the venue after we had made the payment risking our personnel’s lives, but even Mr Hug could not the have the safety conditions for the procedure agreed upon in Minsk. Ukraine promised to meet all the terms of the arrangement by the next payment. We’ll see if they deliver,” Deinego said.
Earlier, he noted Ukraine’s “quite constructive” approach to resolving the payment scheme for water supplied to the Republic from Kiev-controlled territory.
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 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. Before 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 LuganskVoda. In pre-war period, consumers received 400,000 cubic meters of water per day.
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