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Flooding of excavations in Kyiv: protesters block pedestrian area

The activists fenced the place with stop tapes
15:04, 10 August 2018

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Protesters blocked the pedestrian zone on Poshtova Square in Kyiv because of the excavation site has been flooded for two days. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine agency.

Currently, the passage to Kyiv River Port, transport department of Kyiv city administration and other nearby objects is obstructed.

As Annabella Morina who participated in closure of the pedestrian zone, explained the flooding of excavations began due to the main pipeline break two days ago.

"Water main was busted. Kyivvodokanal Company shut it off and repaired tonight, but as the representatives of the Emergency Service state, the outflow from drainage systems continues," she said.

Because of the flooding, artifacts of XI-XII centuries were damaged.

"Apparently the drainage system had to cope with it, but it was not constructed properly by the developer and did not perform its functions. Excavations are under the threat, pedestrians are also at risk, because the reliability of construction is a compromised, "Morina added.

Related: Ukraine, Poland should work on exhumation issue together, - Klimkin

It is noted that the protesters blocked the Poshtova Square with stop tapes and warned the pedestrians of the impossibility of passage.

As it was reported earlier, On June 7, a fight occurred at the session of Kyiv city council. The activists who demand to create the Museum of Kyiv's History at Poshtova Square, broke the doors in the session hall of the city council's building. Kyiv city council failed to vote for suspension of the agreement with the tenant builder, not collecting enough votes. The respective draft law was only approved in the first reading in April. The draft foresees passage of the land parcel and the unfinished museum to the state-run Centre of Kyiv Archaeology. Various construction projects are now considered on the international contest; the winner will get the right to construct the building. 

Poshtova Square (Poshtova Ploshcha) is the main entrance of the Podil district of Kyiv. Here, near the Church of the Nativity of Christ, at a depth of 100 meters underground a street of the Kyivan Rus is situated. So, three years ago, during the archaeological excavations, many artifacts of the Middle Ages were found here - prince prints, coins, rings, wooden piles, balls and pendants.

In February 2015, the archaeologists found a part of the ancient Kyiv's street - deep under the ground at Poshtova Square. The Culture Ministry ruled that the tenant builder will have to change the construction project. The archaeologists suspended their work in the area because of the landslide in March 2015.

Related: MFA expects Poland to solve exhumation, restoration of Ukrainian memorials issues

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