I saw this piece by Evgeny Krutikov, who usually writes about the war in Syria. This is about a different war – the one waged by the Kiev regime against “its own people” in the region of Luhansk.
The lede: yesterday (Tuesday) the director of the company “Luhansk-Water” declared an emergency shortage of water in several populated areas of the province. This shortage was caused by actions of the Ukrainian army in destroying water-intake systems which supply the province, and also by deliberate actions of the Kiev regime to cut off water supplies to the Separatist province.
This is no idle propaganda – we know from the Crimea situation that the Kiev government deliberately, and in contravention of international law, uses vital infrastructure against rebellious populations; for example cutting off electricity and water to Crimea after that area seceded to Russia. Same thing is happening to the rebel provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. This is total war, using prohibited methods.
Unfortunately for the people of Luhansk, most of the water-intake and pumping stations which supply their water, are located on areas controlled by the Ukrainian army. This gives the Ukrainian side a golden opportunity to punish the people of Luhansk by cutting off their water.
Back in 2014, at the height of the Ukrainian civil war, Luhansk was completely cut off from supplies of water, both drinking water and “technical water”, i.e., water used for other purposes. Just by bad fortune, that summer the region suffered from an unusual heat wave, thus the lack of water became a critical and life-threatening issue. With Separatist successes on the battlefield; and after the Seps had secured the airport and the strategically important town of Lugutino, the front stabilized; but the Ukrainian side then switched to illegal methods such as attacking civilian infrastructure. Currently the front line between the Ukrainian army and the Seps runs directly along the bank of the river Seversky Donets. From which all the main water lines flow.
In Russian “Seversky Donets” means something like “the northern Little Don”, and it is the fourth longest river in all of the Ukraine. The river sources in Russia (north of Belgorod), flows south through the Ukraine, and then winds back into Russia, to join the mighty Don River, which eventually flows quietly into the Sea of Azov. The “little Don” river gives its name to the “Donets Basin”, the “Donbass”, and of course the province of Donetsk.
In its geography, the Donbass area is just naked steppe, prone to drought. In Soviet times, the central government engaged in massive infrastructure projects worthy of the Roman Empire, building water-supply systems for the populated areas and large industrial enterprises. The infrastructure consisted of a network of canals, water pipes, and filtration systems. All of which components currently lie on the Ukrainian side of the front. The Soviet authorities could not possibly have peered into the future and foreseen that in the 21st century the front line of a war would lead directly between two neighboring villages. Thus, it was not foreseen that any given village needed its own independent water supply.
Currently, according to Krutikov, Luhansk finds itself in an emergency situation, with water shortages affecting even the work of hospitals and kindergartens. Trucks have to bring in bottled water to Luhansk, and people stand in long lines to wait for their share.
The situation got even worse around 3 months ago. At the beginning of June the Ukrainian authorities on the other side of the line decided to halt all water deliveries to the territory of the Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR). Justifying this action with an illusion to the Soviet classic book “The Twelve Chairs“: “We shall act according to the principles of Ostap Bender: In the morning you shall have light; in the evening, you shall have water.”
And speaking of electricity, Luhansk is currently also cut off from the main electrical power station on the Ukrainian side of the River Donets. Instead receiving electricity from Russia, which has managed, on an emergency basis, to plug both rebel provinces into its own electrical net.
The Ukrainian side continues to do everything it can to destroy remaining infrastructure in both rebel provinces through daily shelling, which attacks electrical lines, gas lines, and power stations. Both provinces would have suffered complete and total infrastructure collapse, were it not for the heroic efforts of repairmen, who function even while under fire.
Krutikov concludes with the pessimistic view that the only real solution to Luhansk’s water problems would be for the Seps to cross the river and take the water pumping stations. Militarily this would be doable, however, it is not doable for political reasons. “However,” he concludes, “we need to understand with whom we are dealing. If they [the Ukrainians] were able to, they would cut off the very air.”
And Krutikov’s damning assessment of the Ukrainian mentality is proved out by several of the readers comments to his piece, including some pro-Ukrainian comments of the type of “This is all their doing, so let them suffer. As soon as they give in and recognize the lawful authority of the Ukrainian government, then we will turn their water back on.”