Authorities of Avdiivka declared state of emergency at the local level. The decision was made in connection with the stoppage of the work of the Donetsk filtering station (DFS), the Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons reports to Twiiter.
The ministry stressed that all other objects of gas, water and electricity in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are working in the regular mode.
We recall that the DFS periodically falls under the shelling of militants. A few days ago, in connection with the fighting, it was de-energized.
Earlier, several explosions occurred in the vicinity of the filtering station. Also we reported that OSCE Mission is ready to facilitate the resumption of functioning of the Donetsk filtration station, as the Mission reported on Facebook.
OSCE urges parties to the conflict to provide credible security guarantees, required for the station to start working again.
The Mission contributed to the settlement of the ceasefire after 30 persons of the staff of Donetsk Filtration station came under attack.
'Yesterday, four patrols of OSCE SMS, consisting of 23 monitors, contributed to the establishment of local ceasefire to make conditions for staff safe movement. Despite this, the parties did not completely obey the ceasefire, that is why Donetsk Filtration station stopped working for a while', the Mission reported.
Earlier, on April 17 the convoy of the working shift was shelled, five people sustained wounds. On April 18, the Donetsk Filtration Station was closed. Thus the drinking water supplies were cut off to Avdiivka, partially to Donetsk and Yasynuvata, Chervony Partyzan, Kruta Balka and Verkhnyotoretske villages.
Counter-terrorism operation staff members are certain that this situation was staged and provoked by militia leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The US State Department condemned the shelling of Donetsk Filtration station and declared that Russia is responsible for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine.