An environmental catastrophe could take place in Donbas within several months. Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine's Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories said so in his commentary for RBC-Ukraine news agency.
"In a few months, we will have an environmental disaster in the occupied territories of Donbas, and in the southern regions of Rostov region", the minister said.
By flooding dozens of coal mines, militants put the drinking water sources in danger; these are used by 800,000 people.
According to Andriy Malyovany, head of the State Environmental Inspection, the most endangered areas are in Novoluhanske, Avdiivka, Mariupol and Toretsk.
"Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic and there is no vaccine to cure it", Mizutori said.
The UN says that in 1998-2017, the disaster caused economic damage in the amount of 124 billion dollars, affecting more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.