Fighting Shuts 2 Donetsk Water-Filtration Plants, Interfax Says

Aug 18, 2014 8:38 am ET

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Two water-filtration plants in Ukraine’s Donetsk region were shut by fighting that damaged the facilities, Interfax reported today, citing the regional state administration.

Donetsk, with almost 1 million residents before the conflict, is the largest city in the separatist-controlled territory where pro-Russian rebels have battled the Ukraine army since the March annexation of Crimea. The unrest has killed more than 2,000 people. Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said peace talks failed to produce a resolution after meeting today with Ukrainian, German and French counterparts.

Donetsk planned to shut off a water main last night after sustaining damage, the city council said yesterday on its website. Residents were urged to store water as the fighting has made repairs impossible. Shelling was heard throughout Donetsk overnight, the council said today.