November 22, 2023, 15:05

Human rights activists document problems with drinking water in the occupied territories

In the occupied Luhansk and Donetsk regions, Russian aggressors are saving reagents for drinking water and supplying poisoned water to Ukrainians.

This was stated by human rights activist Iryna Chaura during a briefing at the Ukraine-Odesa Media Center.

“In the occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, there are cases of low-quality water supply with a persistent smell of sewage. Local residents have no alternative source of water supply, so they have been forced to drink contaminated water for several weeks. Cases of low-quality water supply were recorded in Donetsk, Yenakiyevo, Snizhne, Torez, Khrustalne (Krasny Luch), Fashchivka and Zorynsk. The reasons for the water contamination were a decrease in the number of water purification reagents,” the lawyer said.

In addition, the occupiers are raising water prices in areas where there is a shortage of water.

“In those areas where poisoned water has been detected, the occupiers bring “drinking water” separately for money. It costs 7-8 rubles per liter (3 UAH 28 kopecks). That is, the occupiers create the problem themselves, reduce the reagents to reduce the financial costs of their purchase, and then increase the cost of drinking water in these areas. This is how the occupiers enrich themselves on Ukrainians in occupation,” noted Iryna Chaura.

All this is happening despite the fact that hospitals and clinics lack doctors and nurses. The lawyer emphasized that most of the doctors left the temporarily occupied territories, some of them were forcibly mobilized, and therefore the only functioning hospitals have medical staff that treats only the wounded occupants.

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