Director of the Housing and Utility Department of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Vitalii Surai announced at a briefing on Dec. 6, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
"As of Dec. 1, the debt of Popasnavodokanal [local water supplying utility - ed.] for electricity made 124.5 million hryvnia ($4.6 million) since July 1, 2015. The company is able to carry out its economic activity only with the help of allocations from the regional budget. So far, it has received through the Popasna district administration some 75 million hryvnia ($2.785 million) - the minimum amount which made it possible to pay salaries to employees and purchase the minimum quantity of fuel and oil required for maintenance," Surai said.
Since the water supplying utility received no payments from the occupied territory and ran out of funds to pay for consumed electricity, it was faced with a complete power cut on Dec. 1. This could jeopardize the supply of heat in the region and the energy provider was not allowed to stop the supply of electricity. However, the next possible blackout is expected as early as Dec. 7.