17 Jul '17, 4am

Kicking up a stink: Ukraine's Lviv blighted by trash crisis

Kicking up a stink: Ukraine's Lviv blighted by trash crisis

Ukraine's western city of Lviv is famous for its picture-postcard graceful domes and cobblestone streets but it's not such a pretty sight in the back alleys, which are blighted by growing mountains of garbage. Waste has not been removed from some neighbourhoods in the city of 700,000 people since May, with the stench scaring off tourists and a rat infestation threatening public health. The trash piles have built up due to an apparent political impasse between the Ukrainian government and the authorities in the city, arguably the most European-looking in the post-Soviet nation. Kiev accuses Lviv's mayor of failing to handle waste management but the mayor blames the crisis on a "garbage blockade". Last month, locals took action into their own hands, blocking city streets to protest about the situation, with some even setting fire to the mounds of waste. Lviv resident Mariya ...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/kicking-stink-ukraines-lviv-bli...

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