Seven mines in DPR flooded because of Kiev’s strikes, environment in danger

Kiev’s strikes at Donbass territory have led to flooding in seven mines, endangering the fragile ecology of the coal-rich region.

“Shelling carried out by Ukrainian forces caused emergency blackouts, partial damage and consequent flooding at seven coal mines, located in the conflict zone in the DPR. It seriously endangered other mines, as they are connected by a shared hydrological system; it also created environmental threats,” said the deputy head of society and state protection department of the Prosecutor General’s Office legislative execution directorate Gari Tokarev.

He said the most disturbing objects were ionizing radiation sources containing radioactive elements, as they were no longer duly maintained.

Tokarev said the Prosecutor General’s Office was looking into the situation to decide whether a criminal case should be filed.

The DPR Emergencies Ministry is also concerned about the mines’ disrupted operation. Vitaly Zarubin, deputy head of Emergencies Ministry’s crisis management center, said that the merge of mines hydrological systems decreased lake retention time, which may cause underground water discharge and flooding of civil infrastructure.

“Mining affected around 20 thousand square kilometers of Donbass territory. Mining allotments are located in densely populated areas with dense development.”

The Donetsk water treatment plant, located between Yasinovataya and the Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka, has long been a trouble spot on the contact line in Donbass. It supplies water to both sides of the contact line, the DPR-controlled Donetsk and Yasinovataya and Vasilyevka and Spartak villages, and the Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka, Krasnogorovka and Verkhnetoretskoye village. The DFS often comes under Ukrainian forces fire, though it stores chlorine. 

DONi News Agency