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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Lugansk Prosthetics Centre sez that You Don’t Collect Plastic Waste to Make Artificial Limbs… sez Ukrainian Campaign for that Wrongheaded

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Konstantin Fomenko, director of the Lugansk Prosthetic and Orthopaedic Centre, told us that we shouldn’t collect plastic bottles and caps for high-quality prosthetics, as a Ukrainian media campaign urges. The campaign in the media, called Collect Lids for Soldier’s Prostheses, asks Ukrainians to take plastic bottles and lid and deposit them in special containers in commercial establishments and public places. The assumption is that manufacturers would crush the plastic material into pellets for use as raw material to manufacture prostheses for wounded junta militants. According to the backers, each prosthesis needs 80,000 bottles with lids. Fomenko disputed this, saying:

For high-quality prosthetics, you don’t need to collect thousands of plastic caps. After an enforced hiatus, we’re back up and running, gradually increasing our output of prostheses and orthopaedic articles, serving both civilian and military clients. Our enterprise was able to solve a vexing problem… a lack of raw materials and components, which we previously received from Ukrainian sources. Now, we signed contracts for the supply of raw materials and components from a number of enterprises in Moscow and Rostov-na-Donu. Therefore, to provide high-quality prosthetics, we needn’t collect plastic waste, as they’re trying to do in the Ukraine. I’m sceptical of this whole campaign, for, fact is, that sort of plastic simply isn’t suitable for manufacturing prosthetics. We need special formulations and special resins. Perhaps, they intend this plastic as secondary raw materials. However, it’s wrongheaded; it isn’t good enough to make a high-quality product.

5 September 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre



This is so utterly goofy and “feel-good” that it has to be the brainchild of a demented Anglo American. Even Galicians from the uttermost backwoods holler know better… you don’t use low-quality plastic waste to make high-quality orthopaedic or prosthetic appliances! Only an American could be so clueless and so smug at the same time. It’s too much, isn’t it? Good God, do cut the suffering of the peoples in Banderstan* short… they don’t deserve what they’re getting…

  • Banderstan: Nickname for junta-controlled territory in the Peoples Republics. Portmanteau of “BANDERa” (Galician Uniate terrorist of the 30s and 40s) coupled with “STAN” (as in KazakhSTAN, AfghaniSTAN, et al).


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