War-ravaged industrial areas of Donbas: Threat of ecological disaster hanging over eastern Ukraine

12:33 Oct. 31, 2016

Threat of ecological disaster hanging over eastern Ukraine

Smoke rises from the chemical plant in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, March 2, 2015 (AP photo)

Russian-backed forces do not allow conducting repairs at a number of chemical plants in Donbas

An ecological disaster is looming over the war-torn industrial heart of Ukraine as Donbas militants and their Russian commanders obstruct repair works at a number of plants.

Ukrainian members of the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCC) warned about an impending catastrophe which could endanger lives of tens thousands of civilians on both sides of the contact line, unless repair crews are allowed at the key industrial objects.

"The restoration works have not been done for a long time due to absence of security guarantees from the ‘officials' of the uncontrolled part of Donetsk region as well as Russian representative of the JCCC,"  the press centre of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in eastern Ukraine said in a statement.

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The most recent appeal for security guarantees was also rejected without giving any reasons, when repair crews were trying to reach Avdiivka Coke Plant and Krasnohorivka Refractory Plant – both heavily damaged in fighting.

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Facing the same problems are a major chemical plant producing phenol in Novhorodske and Bakhmut Agrarian Union in Donetsk region, as a request for security assurances was left without any answer at all.

 

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