Donetsk, Apr 20 — DAN. The first phase of the new Don-Donbass water duct will be launched by the beginning of May, Donetsk People’s Republic Acting Head Denis Pushilin said at a meeting of the Board of the Russian Construction Ministry.

“It is planned to launch, by May 1, 2023, the first phase of the 194 kilometer-long water line from the river Don to the Seversky Donets canal, with a capacity of 288,000  cubic meters per day, ” TASS quoted Pushilin as saying.

Earlier reports said that military construction workers were tapping the river Don to fill up the reservoirs of the new water duct running to Donbass. The project is being implemented at the instruction of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It will partially solve the life-support problem of the region which has been been experiencing water shortages for more than a year.*jk