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KIEV, March 2. /TASS/. Kiev reports that work to clear of mines the Donetsk water purification plant, which supplies water to settlements on both sides of the contact line, has been completed.
"The Donetsk water purification plant is cleared of mines," the ministry for territories not under the Kiev control tweeted on Thursday.
Earlier, the head of the Donetsk military-civil administration, Pavel Zhebrovsky, said Ukrainian bomb-disposal experts began working early on Thursday. According to him, after the mine clearance work is ended, a repair brigade from Voda Donbassa (Water of Donbass) company will arrive.
According to specialists, all work at the plant will take two to three days. Voda Donbassa specialists said the water purification plant can be launched within the next 24 hours.
The plant is located between Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya and supplies water to settlements on both sides of the contact line: Donetsk, Yasinovataya, Vassilyevka and Spartak under the control of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as Avdeyevka, Krasnogorovka and Verkhnetoretskoye, controlled by Kiev troops. The plant has been repeatedly shelled during the conflict.
Overnight to February 24, Ukrainian troops heavily pounded the plant, which was hit eight times. The plant was stopped and the personnel evacuated. The DPR operational command said heavy weaponry had been used. The fire came from the positions of Kiev troops from the area of Avdeyevka.
On Wednesday, Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine, said following a Contact Group meeting in Minsk that the sides had agreed not to advance attacks in the area of the plant, demine roads near it and give safety guarantees to Special Monitoring Mission and OSCE representatives.