OSCE reports on threat to work of Donetsk Filtration Plant due to constant firing

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Donetsk Filtration Station has renewed its work in April
12:44, 3 May 2018

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The constant non-observing of the Minsk Agreements threatens the work of the Donetsk Filtration Station and puts the civilians at risk. Ertugruk Apakan, the Head of the OSCE SMM claimed this on May 3 as the press service of the station reported.

OSCE SMM Head noted with a concern that the Minsk Agreements are not observed. According to him, almost 100 violations of the ceasefire were spotted during a day near the Donetsk Filtration Station. It puts the civilians at risk and threatens the work of the station.

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He emphasized, that the supply of the drinking water to more than 300, 000 people depends on the work of the station.

'It is necessary to guarantee the protection of the civilian workers who provide the work of the Donetsk Filtration Station and the civil observers of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine who assist the provision of the access of the workers to the station', Apakan claimed.

According to him, these violations took place, despite the recently provided security guarantees.

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He also reminded that the sides agreed to stop the attacks in September 2014 and reached the agreement last year and it is necessary to provide the work of the Donetsk Filtration Station and other vital objects of the civilian infrastructure.

As we reported the militants shelled the convoy of the filtration station's workers. Five workers suffered, one of them is in the serious condition. On April 18, Donetsk Filtration Station has stopped its work and the supply of the drinking water was stooped to Avdiivka, partially to Donetsk and Yasynuvata, Chervony Partyzan, Kruta Balka and Verkhnyotoretske villages.

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The Headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is sure that the situation was staged and provoked by the leaders of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. U.S. State Department condemned the shelling of the filtration station and claimed that Russia is responsible for the worsening of the humanitarian station in the east of Ukraine.

The water supply to Avdiivka was stopped on April 20. However, on April 23, the water supply mechanism in Avdiivka, Donetsk region was fully restored at 3 p.m

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