Ukraine's Luhansk remains without power, water, mobile communications

4 August 2014 08:44
(QHA) -

Ukrainian city of Luhansk, a stronghold of separatists, has remained fully without power, water, fuel, food, communications and the Internet since July 31, the press service for Luhansk City Council has reported.

"Luhansk is in full blockade and isolation. Today, despite all the difficulties, we make maximum efforts and are looking for solutions to the problems. With each passing day, the situation is exacerbated and today it is really critical,”- Mayor Serhiy Kravchenko said.

According to the official, the regional center remains without electricity for a few days, there is no supply of drinking water and tap water is not disinfected for more than a week.

"Every effort is made to restore the supply of electricity, but emergency workers are afraid to work under the bullets and explosions of shells - the mayor said. There is no supply. The range of products decreases with each passing day. Shops are closed, queues and high demand for the products are observed in many retail stores,”- he added.

The situation remains tense in the area, where neither pro-Russian rebels nor Ukrainian forces are in full control.

Local officials said on August 3 that nine civilians were killed in fresh fighting around the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in east Ukraine.