The coke plant in Avdiivka, the main source of central heating in the town’s residential blocks, is partially cut off from electricity due to the continuous shooting in this area. Musa Magomedov, the CEO of the enterprise, reported that in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘We’re still working, currently at 30 percent from our maximum working capacity. There’s no way we could add to that because of the damaged water filtering systems. The maintenance crews couldn’t reach the site and start working because of the yesterday’s shelling; today, they won’t be able to reach the site, too,’ he said.
According to the official, there is still a threat that the plant will be forced to shut down. ‘Currently, we’re halfway to that. It’s hard to forecast such things. Yesterday, one of the shells hit the trestlework, which provided the power supply for part of the plant. Had it hit the building a little to the left, we would already stop working. But with all the support we’ve got from the volunteers, we still hold out there. We’ve got diesel fuel, food and other stuff. We’re able to hold the temperature in living houses at a decent rate. The heating line is damaged, but I’m sure it will be fixed; it’s not too hot in here now, so the maintenance crew will be able to get here,’ Magomedov summed up.
The severe fights in and around Avdiivka, Donetsk region, have been lasting for five days now. The continuous outbreak of violence in this area keeps on claiming lives of both Ukrainian soldiers and militants; even civilians found themselves under extremely strong artillery fire – they get wounded and killed, too. The state of emergency was declared on January 31 in Avdiivka; people face humanitarian crisis due to heavy shelling that critically damaged infrastructure objects, cutting civilians from electricity, water supplies and heating systems. Rescue teams, local authorities, volunteers and law enforcement agencies deliver the civilians food, water, warm clothes, medicines and other items of first necessity.