The investigation was opened on the fact of neglect of duty which led to heating systems collapse in Kharkiv. This was reported by the press secretary of Ukraine’s Prosecutor’s Office Andriy Lysenko on Facebook.
“Starting from February 22, at least six breakdowns of heating systems occurred in Shevchekivsky, Nemyshliansky, Industrialny, Slobidsky, Kyivsky and Osnoviansky districts of Kharkiv. Due to breakage of tubes, around 700 facilities were left without heating: residential buildings, education and medical institutions, etc.,” he wrote.
Lysenko reminded that in October 2017, city executive committee and public utility companies reported to the public about the readiness for the heating season.
The police will investigate how and how much money was allocated and used for the preparation to heating season and who is responsible for the readiness of communal services.
The sanction of the article providing for ‘neglect of duty with grave consequences” sets the punishment of up to five years of imprisonment.
As it was reported earlier due to multiple breaks in the heating system in Kharkiv, 666 buildings in two districts of the city were left without heating on the night of Feb. 24-25, according to the local emergency service. It is noted that the first breakage of the heating system happened at around 15:00 in Nemyshliansky district of the city, and two more happened later on, at 21:00 on Feb. 24 and at 2:00 on Feb. 25.
Long exploitation of the heating system is said to be the cause of the accidents.
It’s worth pointing out that just on Feb. 22, there also was an accident, due to which over 400 houses were left without heat.