Tuesday, April 25 2017 18:22 EEST
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Russia mulls power supplies to occupied area of Luhansk region
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Russian government has decided to provide the militant-occupied part of Luhansk region with uninterrupted electricity supplies, according to the Russian envoy to the trilateral contact group for the Donbas settlement, Boris Gryzlov, RIA Novosti reports.

Electricity will be supplied "as humanitarian support," RIA Novosti quotes the official as saying.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ukrainian side had shut down all power supplies to the occupied area of Luhansk region. Earlier, the Cabinet adopted resolution No. 263, which obliged the regional energy company Lugansk Energy Association to supply electricity to the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region regardless of the level of payment. At the same time, the company repeatedly reported to the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry and other state agencies that large debts had accumulated on the part of consumers from the ATO zone.

In December 2016, due to debts, the company temporarily halted power supplies to KP Popasnyanskiy Vodokanal, which supplied water to the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, temporarily uncontrolled by the Ukrainian authorities.

As of December 2, the debt of the enterprise to Lugansk Energy Association was estimated at about UAH 124 million. On April 20, CEO of Lugansk Energy Association Volodymyr Gritsai claimed that the power supplies to the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk region would be completely halted starting April 25.

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