Local residents demand city mayor to arrive at site
Garbage protest unfolds in western Ukraine. Residents of Hrybovychi, Malekhiv, and Dubliany villages in Lviv region block the traffic on the roadway from Lviv to Rava-Rus'ka. The road is the main on the route from Lviv to Ukrainian-Polish state border.
People are outraged with the recent intentions of Lviv city administration. Local officials are set to renew garbage dumping at Hrybovychi disposal dump. It was previously closed in May after a fire and a landslide killed three firemen.
Now the locals demand the city mayor Andriy Sadovyi to arrive at the site. They claim to have recently seen numerous vehicles, covertly bringing new portions of garbage. People are sure Lviv city authorities ignore the promises to close the disposal dump.
The officials in turn insist no garbage have been brought to the site since late May. The machinery the locals have noticed is fixing the dump slopes to prevent new catastrophes.
Iryna Maryniak, Deputy head of Lviv committee for ecological security: It is crucial to finish the work right now. The upcoming autumn with rainy weather may severely worsen the situation with the hill. It is very unsteady even now. We are very afraid of a new landslide.
At least three people died at Hrybovychi disposal dump on May 30th. A fire brigade came there to combat the blaze as someone set the dump on fire. Tons of aggregated trash collapsed, burying three firemen and ecological activist. Three men were later found dead, the ecologist is still missing.