LUGANSK, August 25 (Lugansk Media Center) – The LPR systematically pays for water provided by the Ukrainian side, said LPR envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego.
"The payments for the water Kiev provides to LPR are being made regularly," he said.
Deinego said the mechanism used to pay for the water has "serious security disadvantages".
"Our representatives transfer money through a mine-studded road. It is unacceptable," he explained.
In winter the process will become even more complicated as snow will cover the mine-studded road and it will be difficult to clear it of mines and snow.
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.
LuganskMediaCentre — 25 August — Lugansk