The residents of war-torn eastern Ukraine may face a true environmental disaster, since the vital objects of infrastructure suffer frequent mortar and artillery attacks. Vadym Zubko, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development said this in an interview with Channel 5.
‘In January, Avdiivka in Donetsk region came under fire, and the gas and power supplies were cut; since then, we’ve been working on backup power lines and water supply routes. Currently, Donetsk filtering station often happens to be under fire; 300,000 people in Donetsk sector face problems with water supplies. The drinking water from Siversky Donets river also reaches Mariupol, so the locals could face the same problem. But there are other projects that create opportunities for constructing reserve water supply lines. Besides, there’s another serious issue with coal mines operation, as some of them are over-flooded,’ Zubko said.
The official added that the environmental issues in Donbas will be only getting more serious if no action is taken. ‘The government developed an action plan to be fulfilled in this area; but we also ask international organizations to assist us in making sure that the environmental situation in the occupied areas is under control,’ he concluded.