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80% of drinking water sources in occupied Donbas already lost
14:45, 21 November 2017
80% of drinking water sources in occupied Donbas already lost

The water level rises in mines on the uncontrolled areas where water pipes are disconnected

14:45, 21 November 2017

112 Agency

As of today, 80% of drinking water sources in the occupied territories of Donbas are not suitable for use due to high mineralization. Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Yuriy Hrymchak stated this on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"We use all means, contacts, including international ones, which give us the opportunity to receive information from uncontrolled territories. With 99% probability, we can say that 80% of sources of drinking water in the uncontrolled by Ukraine territory were lost due to high mineralization, "said he.

According to him, water level rises in the mines of the uncontrolled areas, where water pipes are disconnected.

"High mineralization water could eventually rise to the surface," Hrymchak said.

Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories jointly with the Ministry of Ecology created an ad hoc working group that assesses the possible risks of an environmental disaster, he noted.

Related: Occupied Luhansk to be cut off from water supplies

At the same time, according to Hrymchak, the government is allocating additional funds to pump water from the mines located in the "gray zone".

"Regarding the controlled territory, for today the government allocates additional funds to pump water from the mines located in between the controlled and uncontrolled territory to prevent the flooding of mines that are working on our territory," he said.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Russia had provoked a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe in the Donbas.

As it was reported earlier the ‘Luhansk Energy Union’ Company prepares to shut off the Western filter station that supplies the water mostly to the cities and villages at the occupied territories of Donbas. Volodymyr Grytsai, the Director General said.

Related: Militants shell South Donbas water pipeline

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