The Kiev Junta doesn't respond to LPR proposals to settle water supply and payment issues in order to avoid signing agreements, which Ukraine considers to be legal acknowledgement of the recognition of the Republic, LPR Minister of Emergencies Sergey Ivanushkin said.
On December 1st, the Ukrainian Junta side shut off water supply to LPR through Petrovskiy water duct located on the Kiev-controlled territory, and reduced feed via ZFS water treatment plant by twofold.
"We do our best and abide by the terms of the agreement on water supply. We propose various options as to resolve the crisis. But Ukraine does not respond, as it considers recognition of the agreement to be recognition of our side (LPR – edit.) You understand, this is a political issue," Ivanushkin said.
He added that LPR hopes to find a way to settle the issue with the Ukrainian Junta side.
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 faced a significant 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.