DPR Confirms Ukrainian Troops' Pullout From Key Water Facility in Donetsk

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A destroyed balcony of a residential building on Partizanskaya Street in Donetsk, damaged during a shelling by the Ukrainian military - Sputnik International
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Ukrainian government troops have withdrawn from a crucial water facility in Eastern Ukraine’s buffer zone after briefly seizing it two days ago, a senior self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's military official told reporters in Donetsk on Sunday.

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DONETSK (Sputnik) — The Donetsk water filtering station supplies water to the regional capital and nearby cities in militia- and government-controlled territories on both sides of the separation line.

It was captured late Friday by Ukrainian troops who used its buildings to open fire on rebel positions.

"Strong criticism of Ukrainian security forces helped the Ukrainian leadership find its strength and drive radical nationalists out of the Donetsk filtering station," Eduard Basurin, the deputy defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said.

Water supply to Donetsk suburbs, including the recent flashpoint town of Avdiivka, has been many times disrupted by fighting between local militias and Ukrainian government forces since last month’s escalation. Both sides traded blame for ceasefire violations.

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