1 December 2016, 18:35



Ukraine breaks its own laws by shutting down water supply to LPR residents – Deinego

Kiev stopped water supply to LPR in violation of Ukrainian laws, LPR envoy to Minsk talks told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Ukraine stopped water supply to LPR via Petrovksiy duct located on Kiev-controlled territory.

 “Ukrainian laws prohibit such actions. There is the drinking water law which spells out the actions to be taken by suppliers in case of payment problems,” Deinego said. “Complete water supply shutdown is absolutely unlawful even in Ukrainian legal space.”

“They again violate their own laws apparently ignoring them as they ignore the Ukrainian Constitution which protects citizens’ rights and which they have been violating since the offensive, so-called “anti-terrorist operation” was launched,” he said.

Earlier 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 said 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 01 December — Lugansk