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Monday, 17 August 2015

Radioactive Threat Posed by Yuny Communar Mine Overblown in Junta Media

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A number of Ukrainian media outlets alleged that the Yuny Communar Mine flooded; supposedly, this’d cause radioactive water to soon flow into the streams feeding the Donbass watershed. In response, nuclear physicist Fyodor Baryakhtar, head of the DNR Committee of Environmental Technology and Innovation, told us that the radiation level of the Yuny Communar Mine in Yenakiyevo poses no threat to human health or wellbeing, even if it floods completely, saying, “I can confidently say that it’s totally safe, there’s no radioactivity there”. On 16 September 1979, Soviet scientists detonated a nuclear weapon in the Yuny Communar Mine at a depth of 800 metres. They intended the explosion to reduce methane gas emissions through the formation of a glazed capsule over the shaft. However, the experiment wasn’t successful, for the methane level only reduced slightly; methane leaks continued until the end of coalmining at the site in 2002. The Ukrainian media knows that they used this mine for a nuclear weapons test, therefore, to sow panic, they say that there’s an unsafe level of radiation. They allege if water comes into close contact with the glass capsule, then, the water will become radioactive, run into streams, and get into the watershed. That was possible 50 years ago, but not now. Thirty years are more than enough for the full decay of radioactive elements released by the experiment. Twenty years ago, laboratory tests monitoring the level of radioactivity of the capsule ended, as they were no longer necessary. Even then, radiation levels were safe for the environment and for the miners”.

A DNR Ministry of Coal and Energy source added that the water level in the mine was in the normal range, and pumping goes as planned. Baryakhtar pointed up, “The Ukrainian media play on people’s ignorance and unfamiliarity with the topic, they try to scare people into thinking that they’re going to poisoned tomorrow, into sowing panic, to make people think that the worst is about to happen. They sow panic with one purpose in mind… to frighten people into fleeing the area. I’ll tell you with full certainty… right now, you could put your bed there and sleep there”.

17 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



Plotnitsky sez LNR will Never Give Up Northern Territories Occupied by Uniate Junta Aggressors

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Today, at a meeting in Krasny Luch, LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky noted that the LNR would never give up the northern territories now occupied by the junta aggressors saying, “We’ll never give them up. We’ve never given them up nor will we abandon the northern territories. It’d take some time… but we’d get them back. We hope that we can resolve this issue peacefully… if not, well, we’re ready to get them back”.

14 August 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Russian Liquid Nitrogen Helped Increase LNR Livestock Production

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Acting LNR Minister of Agriculture and Food Ruslan Sorokovenko told us that deliveries of Russian liquid nitrogen, used to preserve special semen stocks, helped increase LNR livestock (cattle and swine) production. At the beginning of the year, management in the LNR livestock breeding stations inked an agreement with their Russian counterparts for coöperation to help develop the livestock industry. In particular, breeders from Tula Oblast supplied liquid nitrogen to preserve special semen stocks. Sorokovenko said, “As of August 2015, we had 3,366 beef cattle (104 percent of the beginning of 2015), besides 1,197 cows (101 percent) and 5,947 swine (107 percent). Currently, our specialists at the insemination station aren’t using Russian liquid nitrogen; in future, they plan to use domestically produced stocks only. In mid-July 2015, the LNR started production of liquid nitrogen at the Alchevsk Metallurgical Works. Now, we have sufficient reserves. Of course, this doesn’t preclude us selling the DNR liquid nitrogen if they ask. Our plant has only started working, so, the production volume hasn’t reached its potential. However, if the DNR were to ask us, certainly, we wouldn’t refuse them”. Speaking about prospects for development of LNR livestock production, Sorokovenko pointed up that LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Food to carry out an inventory of all livestock facilities to determine the damage caused by the current conflict. At the same time, the Ministry will offer aid to livestock producers, and the Recovery Control Centre will offer building materials to restore livestock-breeding facilities, to increase the amount of meat released to the LNR retail trade.

17 August 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Donetsk Municipal Authorities Repaired 70% of Interior Courtyards

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Today, Vadim Sabadash, First Deputy Chief of the Municipal Road Repair and Construction Administration, told reporters that the municipal programme «Асфальт в каждый двор» (Asfalt v kazhdy dvor: “Asphalt in Every Yard”) in Donetsk is on-track and on-time, saying, “To date, the city completed about 70 percent of courtyard and access repairs. The work is going according to schedule; we plan to have it done by City Day (30 August)”. Earlier reports stated that municipal crews would repair more than 37,000 square metres of pavement.

17 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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