Kyiv: about 20 Russian soldiers poisoned by polluted water in Donbas

About 20 Russian soldiers were hospitalized with poisoning due to sewage entering the water supply system in the territory of the Luhansk region controlled by pro-Russian militants, reported speaker of the Ministry of Defense Alexander Motuzyanyk at a press briefing, referencing foreign intelligence data.

“Due to a lack of funding for repairs, the water supply system in the Luhansk region malfunctioned and sewage contaminated the water. Many local residents have fallen ill due to the use of polluted water, including one of the adversary’s motorized rifle brigades,” said Motuzyanyk.

Since early April, more than 20 Russian servicemen have been hospitalized with a “poisoning” diagnosis. Others who displayed symptoms of poisoning have been treated on an outpatient basis. The speaker of the Ministry of Defense did not disclose any information on how many were affected among the civilian population. 

Motuzyanyk noted that the Russian command ordered to keep information on the mass poisoning in the military a secret.

The day before, Ukraine had taken back 60 prisoners from the Donbas serving sentences at correctional facilities in the territories controlled by pro-Russian militants.

  Ukraine, Donbas, Luhansk, Ukrainian Defense Ministry