Gas supply was cut off in the afternoon on Jan. 3 with boiler facilities having stopped and temperature dramatically fallen down at homes, Censor.NET reports citing Chetverta Vlada.
Donbassgaz, being currently responsible for gas supplies in the "DPR"-controlled territory, states 60,000 consumers have been left without gas (40,000 in multi-family houses and 20,000 in private homes).
"The breakdown has been localized, the supply of gas to boiler facilities in Makiivka and gas distribution networks had been restored by the end of Jan. 3. On the night of Jan. 3-4, more than 43,000 consumers started receiving gas. 40,000 customers in multi-family houses and 20,000 in private homes are still experiencing the shortage of gas," company's website notes.
Repairs are said to be finished by Jan. 6. However, the news caused a sharply negative reaction from the local residents.
"By Jan. 6, with such a biting frost, all heating pipes will have got frozen and burst up. The temperature at some apartments has already fallen to zero," the residents complain in social media.
People post photos of frozen windows inside their homes and thermometers showing relevant temperature.
"The most painful is that all this has been predicted to happen in Ukraine, and the prices of groceries, gas, petrol are cosmic, it's cold like hell, and bombings do not end... What else is there for us?" the residents write in comments.
The "DPR" has already claimed the breakdown in Makiivka is to be blamed on a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group. However, this version does not inspire confidence among the locals. People post pictures in social media, mocking at the "DPR" leadership.