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HORLIVKA FILTER STATION №2 WAS SHELLED
KYIV, 12 December 2017 - The Government of Germany provided additional 14.3 million EUR to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure water security to communities living along the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. This was announced today at the press conference in Kyiv. The indiscriminate shelling of civilian infrastructure, such as pumping and power stations, is affecting access to essential and basic services in eastern Ukraine. In 2017 alone, over 3 million people across the region suffered water cuts and lack of sanitation.
BULLET HITS DONETSK FILTER STATION (NEAR MISS OF WORKER). NEW UXO ALSO FOUND
WASH Cluster was informed that at 9:45 am (Kyiv time) today, 12th December, Golmovskyi Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) was de-energized due toshelling. This WWTP serves village of Golmovskyi (Horlivskyi rajon, Donetsk NGCA), where Voda Donbasa has 3636 accounts (arond7800 people live in this town).
Electricity company LEO again cuts off Petrovskyi pumps, which supply Luhansk city
DONETSK FILTER STATION SHELLED:
Voda Donbasa has informed WASH Cluster that today, at 16:45 Donetsk time (15:45 Kiev time), Donetsk Filter station (DFS) was shelled. Staff reported at least two hits within the area the water filter station – near the garage and near the entrance building. Fortunately, no one was injured. Voda Donbasa considered evacuating all staff and only did not do so as it was dark. VD has reported, that since the initial shelling the situation has become quieter, although the sounds of the shelling were still audible later in the evening.
DONETSK FILTER STATION SHELLED:
The WASH Cluster was informed that during the night of December 1st / 2nd, Donetska Filter station (DFS) was shelled. This morning, staff identified unexploded ordnance (UXO) near to the main filters building within the territory of station. Voda Donbasa has informed the authorities about the incident.
• As winter approaches, continued hostilities and indicators of deliberate targeting of strategic pipelines and water treatment facilities in South Donbass put the lives of almost 1.2million people, including 220,000 children, at risk.
• To ensure continued access to learning in the conflict-affected area, UNICEF provided education and early childhood kits to over 13,000 children in the non-government controlled areas.
116 is the total number of WASH incidents since the start of 2017.
Geographical breakdown of incidents by oblast and by government controlled versus nongovernment controlled areas:
Note that people are normally affected on both sides of the Line of the Contact despite of the location incidents.
Issues to highlight
Non-preparedness for the upcoming winter by LEO (electricity supplier for Luhansk GCA) creates risks for all public services in the Luhansk GCA and some services in NGCA.
WATER PUMPING STATION SHELLED in LUHANSK GCA
Popasnyanskyi Vodokanal (PVK) informed WASH Cluster that Svetlichansk pumping station was shelled on Monday, 20 November 2017. Fortunately, there were no injuries among staff and no damage to equipment.
1st LIFT PUMPING STATION of SDWP: SNIPER AND MACHINE GUN FIRE
DONETSK FILTER STATION SMALL ARMS FIRE: BULLET HOLE IDENTIFIED
According to information from Voda Donbasa (VD), staff of the Donetska Filter Station (DFS) identified a bullet hole in the window of the driver's room in the building of the garages yesterday morning (November 13, 8.30 am). At the time of the incident, nobody was in the room and fortunately, no one was injured.
Electricity company LEO cuts off Petrovskyi pumps, which supply Luhansk city
On 6 th November, LEO cut off Petrovskyi water intake, in Government Controlled Areas (GCA) of Luhansk oblast, due to non-payment of historic debts. PVK have nearly been able to clear debts since August 2016, thanks to payments made by Luhansk Voda, from Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCA) which were facilitated by successful Minsk negotiations. However historic debts remain from pre 2016.
VERKHNIOKALMIUSKA FILTER STATION SHELLED
Voda Dobasa (the water utility company for all Donetsk Oblast) today informed the WASH Cluster, that Verkhniokalmiuska Filter Station (VFS) was shelled during evening of 5 th November 2017. During shelling and the rest of the night staff were in the Bomb Shelter and only in the morning were they able to check the area for damage.
The WASH Cluster was informed, by Voda Donbasa, that following shelling that increased in the area of Donetsk Filter Station on 3rd November, the DFS was again shelled during the night of 4th/5th November. A chlorine pipeline was damaged by shrapnel, although luckily it was a backup pipeline (not in use at that moment) and the chlorine pipe in use, which supplies chlorine to treatment areas of the site, was undamaged. Damage to the main pipe would cause leakage of poisonous chlorine gas into the environment.
According to information from ‘Voda Donbasa’ Donetsk Filter Station (DFS) was shelled during the night of November 3rd/4th, and there was a “near miss” of stored gaseous chlorine. In the morning of 4th November 2017, a new crater on the small approach road to the Chlorine warehouse was recorded, some 50 metres from the warehouse. Shrapnel struck and damaged lighting on this same road to warehouse. According to staff it was only by sheer luck that the chlorine warehouse itself avoided a direct hit, and gas pipes transferring chlorine to parts of the site were also luckily undamaged.
The WASH Cluster was informed that at the early morning of November 3 (1:30 a.m.) artillery shells fell on the territory of the Donetsk Filter station (DFS). As a result, the glazing of the filters building was broken and roofing of the operations building was damaged. Fortunately, no staff were wounded. At the moment DFS continues to operate in normal mode.
18 October 2017 KYIV. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with financial support of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine has provided the National Children's Hospital Ohmatdyt with the latest medical equipment GeneXpert (Manufacturer: Cepheid Inc., USA) for the rapid diagnostics of tuberculosis, HIV and viral hepatitis. The funds ($ 30,000) for the equipment were donated by Chamber Member Companies during charity events organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.
Kyiv, 12 October 2017 – The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine with the support of the Government of Germany through KfW Development Bank and together with the Federation of Football of Ukraine conducted “EmPower Girls” Football Cup on October 11 in Kyiv on the International Day of the Girl Child. The tournament was attended by 80 girls aged 11 to 13 from different regions of Ukraine, including those affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT SHELLED AND STOPPED, AS WELL AS NEARBY VILLAGE
‘Voda Donbasa’ (VD) has informed the WASH Cluster that Dokuchaievsk Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), which is located near village of Yasne, was shelled yesterday evening (October 5, around 7:30 pm). Power lines, which supply electricity to the station were damaged and the WWTP was de-energized. Staff of the WWTP were evacuated and the WWTP was stopped (both due to lack of staff but also due to lack of electricity).