Millions of Ukrainians in more than ten cities are deprived of access to drinking water due to the aggression of the Russian military, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Liudmyla Denisova has said.
“Due to the actions of the Russian occupiers, the right of millions of Ukrainians to access to drinking water is being violated. The war partially or completely deprived residents of Mariupol, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Okhtyrka, Izium, Makariv, Polohy, Vasylivka, Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Chernihiv, Trostianets and many other settlements,” the ombudsman said on Telegram channel on Thursday.
According to Denisova, 200,000 people in Donetsk region alone do not have access to drinking water.
“With the increase in the scale of the clashes, there is a threat that in the coming weeks the Donetsk region may be completely disconnected from the water supply,” her message said.
The Verkhovna Rada’s National Health Committee has recommended that parliament support a bill that makes it possible to shorten the approval period for clinical trials and registration of vaccines and drugs against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“The profile committee recommended the Verkhovna Rada to support bill No. 4314. It makes it possible to shorten the approval period for clinical trials and registration of vaccines and drugs against COVID-19,” the Servant of the People party said on Facebook on Wednesday, December 2.
According to the head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance Mykhailo Radutsky, the adoption of bill No. 4314 will reduce the burden on the healthcare system.
“Vaccination of a large number of patients will reduce the burden on the health care system of Ukraine,” Radutsky said.
“And thanks to the bill, this will become possible. After all, the involvement of Ukraine in clinical trials of vaccines would allow to vaccinate part of the population already now. Likewise, reducing the time for state registration of vaccines will speed up their full-scale use,” the Servant of the People said.
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the State Automobile Roads Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor), the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) and Ukrainian Internet associations signed a memorandum of cooperation in the development of broadband Internet access on roads.
As reported on the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure on Friday, with the memorandum, all of its parties will cooperate in the implementation of smart transport systems and their arrangement on public roads of national importance.
In particular, Ukravtodor, when conducting procurement for the overhaul of these roads, will include provisions for the development of broadband Internet access in the customer’s requirements, as well as the infrastructure necessary for the cable telecommunication lines.
“We want that during the overhaul of these roads, one of the requirements for the customer is the development of the required infrastructure for the cable telecommunication lines, so that there is broadband access to the Internet. This will allow the introduction of smart transport systems, which are very important to increase transport safety and prevent possible accidents, traffic monitoring and efficient management of traffic flows,” the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure said, citing minister Vladyslav Krykliy.
Belarus is considering the possibility of building a river port on the Dnipro River in Gomel region near the border with Ukraine in order to use river-sea vessels to put out to the Black Sea. The Turkish investor Derin Shipping & Trading Co. might be involved in the project.
According to the state agency BelTA, Ambassador of Belarus to Turkey Andrei Savinykh states that the implementation of the project “will turn Belarus into a maritime state.” The project could be implemented by building a port terminal in the village of Nizhniye Zhary (Gomel region).
“Our Turkish partners are considering the possibility of building a port in Nizhniye Zhary, which will turn Belarus into a maritime state,” the official told journalists in Gomel during the visit of the Turkish delegation to the regional center.
It is assumed that the main volume of cargo turnover will be provided by oil products (Mozyr Oil Refinery is located near Gomel) and Petrikovsky GOK being under construction in Gomel region (the project of Belaruskali, the capacity is about 2 million tonnes of potassium chloride per year).