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MOSCOW, August 6. /TASS/. Germany may finance restoration of water supply facilities in Donbas, the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) envoy to Contact Group Vladislav Deinego said on Thursday.
"The issue of preparing a visit by a group experts has been coordinated. They will come [to LPR] to assess the condition of water supply facilities," Donetsk News Agency quoted Deinego as saying. "Germany proposed to finance restoration works from the reserve fund of its budget. The source of financing has been established. Neither responsibility nor timeframe have been set yet though," he noted.
LPR’s envoy to sub-group on economic issues Elena Kostenko said that, according to plan, "one [expert] group will be from Germany, another — from Switzerland." "We plan that they will finish work until August 26, until the next meeting of the Contact Group," Kostenko said.
Chairperson of DPR people’s committee on budget, finances and economic policy Marina Zheynova said earlier today that restoration of Nikitovka-Mayorsk part of the Donetsk railroad located near the contact line near Gorlovka will have a positive effect on the economic situation in Donbas.
"To transport cargoes by trucks, it is necessary to go through many checkpoints. Also, the volume of cargoes transported by railroad is significantly bigger. These difficulties will be removed right away. Goods, both food and non-food, will start flowing, and passenger transport will be improved. This is a very good thing," Donetsk News Agency quoted Zheynova as saying.
Zheynova also expressed hope that Ukraine will take part in financing the demining and restoration of the aforementioned part of the railroad.
Contact Group’s sub-group on economic issues discussed prospects of demining and restoring the Nikitovka-Mayorsk part of the Donetsk railroad at a meeting on August 3 in Minsk. OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Ukraine) Special Representative in Ukraine Martin Sajdik said that the schedule for demining and restoring railroad infrastructure will be developed next week. He added that all works will be carried out with participation of all sides, included the Donetsk railroad.