Voices from Russia

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rolling Blackouts Announced in Seven Ukrainian Oblasts

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On 22 March 2017, Ukrenergo announced rolling electrical blackouts in seven Ukrainian oblasts. If alternative supplies of coal don’t materialise soon, the Ukraine will begin earlier-announced major electrical blackouts. Today, Ukrenergo Acting Director Vsevolod Kovalchuk told journalists in Kiev:

If new coal supplies aren’t forthcoming, we may have to implement the plan we spoke of in February [serious limitation of energy consumption: Aleksei Zhuravko]. At present, the power stations are working normally, based on coal reserved stockpiled prior to the blockade. We can manage until the early spring due to conservation measures at coal-powered power stations [that is, power blackouts and brownouts: editor].

Previously, media reports stated that power blackouts in case of a negative scenario would occur in seven oblasts… Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Kiev, Chernigov, Zaporozhye, Sumy, and Cherkassy. Governmental authorities in these areas are responsible for organising ad hoc departments to deal with this emergency in the power sector. Yesterday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Groysman stated that the Ukraine is exploring the possibility of buying coal in the USA, Australia, and South Africa. Because of the trade embargo with the LNR and DNR, coal reserves at Ukrainian power stations are close to zero. Previously, Groysman stated that the Donbass blockade would cause the loss to the Ukrainian state budget of 3.5 billion USD (201.43 billion Roubles. 24.11 billion Renminbi. 229.2 billion INR. 4.67 billion CAD. 4.6 billion AUD. 3.25 billion Euros. 2.8 billion UK Pounds) and idle 75,000 workers. The State National Commission for Energy and Utility Regulation will increase the wholesale market price for electricity by 1 percent, instead of the previously-announced decline of 5.8 percent, due to cost increases mandated by the purchase of imported coal.

22 March 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Name was Milica Rakić

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A street in Batajnica, a Belgrade suburb, as well as one in Veternik, a suburb of Novi Sad, has her name and a newly redecorated monument in Tasmajdan Park reminds us of the 79 children killed during the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia.

21 March 2017

Faces of Victims of Capitalism

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Editor:

If you support NATO, this is what you support. Think on it… child-killing isn’t decent, is it? If shitbirds of a feather flock together, why do you support filth like Trump, Clinton, McCain, and Biden? After all, they chortled (and still chortle) at the death of our Orthodox children… but boy oh boy, the profits were (and are) massive… they stuck in their thumb and pulled out a plum… oh, what a good person I am! Oppose American greedster gangsterism and its Stepin Fetchit NATO “allies”. Justice demands it…

BMD

22 March 2017. The Old Master on American Fecklessness

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Unlike Trump’s phoney mouthpiece Rex Tillotson and Obama’s clueless hacks Clinton and Kerry, Sergei Viktorovich is a real diplomat, with many years of experience. He sees the Americans as reckless and feckless brats… God help us, for that’s what the American Establishment is, and they’ll continue being such until they’re stopped. Can the Old Master keep the peace? God willing… for there’s no sane voice here, sadly enough.

BMD

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

First Meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee Took Place in Yalta

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In fact, the integration of the Donbass Peoples Republics into the Russian Federation’s economy, culture, and educational system is inevitable. The complete isolation from the Ukraine led to a reorientation of production and logistics to markets in the Russian Federation. It’s a logical solution for developing the region’s industrial and employment potential. Today, the initial meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee took place in Yalta in the Crimea; it addressed issues of interaction of the DNR and LNR with the Russian Federation in all sectors of life. The meeting occurred in the ceremonial hall of Livadia Palace. LNR and DNR politicians, along with public and cultural figures, met with their Russian counterparts; the participants discussed in detail the issues of integration and the role of public diplomacy in the process.

The Donbass is Ready to Cooperate

DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko attended the forum. He pointed up:

Ukrainian actions that started a total blockade only strengthened our faith in the correctness of our chosen course. Kiev’s aggressive actions led to a complete economic and transport divorce [from the Ukraine] that made the Donbass completely independent economically and ready for full-scale reorientation into the Russian market. The process of reorienting our economy will take some time, we’ll have difficulties in doing it, but we’ve already started the process. It’s in its early stages but it’s comprehensive and moving quickly. The blockade causes more damage to the Ukraine itself than to the Donbass; all that it does is to accelerate the process of its integration into the Russian Federation. Today, we’re engaged in restoring old economic ties. We’re going to the Russian market and using Russian raw materials. Already, we’ve sent our first batch of goods to the Russian Federation. More and more products made in the DNR go onto the Russian market.

LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky said:

The Donbass is a special region with great industrial potential. The recognition by the Russian Federation of LNR and DNR documents demonstrates support for the people of Donbass and the basis for a new joint forward-looking relationship.

The Donbass Will Send Coal to the Crimea

Today, one of the first steps of a new era of cooperation occurred. Zakharchenko announced at the Livadia Palace:

The Crimea needs our coal and metal. The Donbass Republics need food and wine produced in the Crimea. I believe that our cooperation would bear fruit. We could ship tens of thousands of tonnes of goods. The Crimea and the Donbas have a common destiny.

Plotnitsky told reporters:

We plan to supply of “black gold” to the Crimea. Over the next two years, the LNR intends to send to the Crimea 3.5 million tonnes of coal. We’ve signed a contract; it’s in force. These things are happening already in the real world.

Prospects in Culture and Education

Natalya Volkova, Director of the Donetsk State Academic Music and Drama Theatre, said:

The Ukraine broke the ties the Donbass had with Russian regions. Now, however, we’ve begun the process of restoring lost dynamics, in particular in the social and cultural sphere. Since November 2016, all-Republic governmental organisations, trade unions, cultural institutions, and creative groups have been active in joint ventures with their counterparts from Russia. We’ve had about 160 working meetings already. The interaction between Donbass and Russian cultural figures is of great importance. We concluded cooperation agreements, developed new programmes and opened new points of contact.

Acting Rector of the Donbass Academy of Construction and Architecture Yevgeny Gorokhov said:

The DNR and Russia need partnerships and close ties. We offer to help people in the Crimea with training. The Crimea has a problem in training specialists in architecture, environmental safety, construction, and housing and communal services. We’re ready to help you to prepare such people.

The Project “Rossregion” on the European Model

Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov proposed the creation of a project for closer cooperation between the Donbass and RF federal subjects following the example of the EU projects at a meeting of the Committee:

We can use this model. We can call this “Rossregion”. This is how we can conduct joint intensive work whilst maintaining the existing status quo.

Do note that the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee is a permanent public structure aimed at strengthening the process of humanitarian, social, and cultural integration of the Donbass with the Russian Federation. More committee meetings, including in the Donbass, will take place during 2017.

18 March 2017

DAN Donetsk News Agency

https://dan-news.info/obschestvo/pervoe-uchreditelnoe-zasedanie-integracionnogo-komiteta-rossiya-donbass-proshlo-v-krymu.html

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