Donetsk, May 3 – DAN. A Chernobyl level ecological catastrophe might occur in Donbass due to Kiev’s shelling of vital infrastructure, said DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin.
“Donbass has always been ecologically challenging, as a lot of enterprises are located here. Chemicals are used to treat water. If the shelling doesn’t cease, a Chernobyl level accident might happen.”
To prevent such cases DPR Command addressed international organizations asking them to record strikes and to facilitate durable ceasefire around vital infrastructure. Nevertheless, shelling continues.
DPR Ombudswoman Daria Morozova reminded of the Geneva Conventions dated 12 August 1949 which prohibit military action in the vicinity of hazardous objects.
Article 35 (of Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977) prohibits “to employ methods or means of warfare which are intended, or may be expected, to cause widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment”.
Dozens of enterprises and infrastructural objects in Donbass are potentially hazardous, as they store commercial chemicals.
Donetsk water treatment plant, located between Yasinovataya and Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka has long been a trouble spot on the contact line in Donbass. It supplies water to both sides of the contact line, DPR-controlled Donetsk and Yasinovataya and Vasilyevka and Spartak villages, and Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka, Krasnogorovka and Verkhnetoretskoye village. DFS often comes under Ukrainian forces fire, though it stores chlorine. *ot