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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

DNR Begins the New School Year

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Today, a new school year starts in the DNR. According to the DNR Ministry of Education and Science (MON), 484 schools will enrol about 140,000 students.

Schools on the Firing Line

Schools along the Contact Line are in a special situation. About 27 schools (this could fluctuate with the situation) in the DNR won’t open for the new academic year. Yesterday, DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko said, “I’m saddened and disappointed that we couldn’t open all the schools that are under fire on the Contact Line”. For example, the Day of Knowledge won’t take place in seven schools in Donetsk, in Kievsky, Kuibyshev, and Petrovsky Raions. Ivan Prikhodko, the Head of the Kuibyshev Raion administration said, “We couldn’t reopen three schools in our raion out of 21, but it wouldn’t make sense to do so; they’re all near Oktyabrsky, and everyone knows that place is under constant bombardment”.

However, DNR Education and Science Minister Larisa Polyakova reported that even closure of a building wouldn’t stop school operation, saying, “In this case, we transfer everything to another building. We’ll either divide the premises or use two shifts for classes. We do this to keep the school community and the teaching staff intact”. Besides this, 1 September is the start of classes at our colleges and universities. According to preliminary MON figures, there are about 60,000 post-secondary students. Polyakova emphasised that the test results of those taking entrance exams for higher education institutions surpassed expectations, in spite of all the hardships caused by the war, 10,063 people enrolled in higher education institutions out of 17 281 graduates.

Safety on the Demarcation Line

By the beginning of the school year, the aggressors reduced the intensity of their shelling across the Contact Line. The parties reached a verbal agreement to this effect at the 26 August meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk. OSCE representative Martin Sajdik said, “The Contact Group considers it necessary to ensure a sustainable ceasefire on the Contact Line during the first school week”. In this regard, DNR Advisor on Children’s Rights Ya V Chepikova expressed the hope that the Knowledge Day ceasefire in the Republic would persist, saying, “I hope that they’d observe their agreement for a truce on 1 September. For our part, we’ll carry it out precisely because we want the kids to be at school”. To ensure safety today, there will be an increased police presence, the DNR MVD told us, “All schools will have on-duty patrol lines, to avoid emergency situations”.

Help from Russia

Up to the beginning of the school year, the Russian Federation sent over 700 tonnes of educational material to the DNR, including educational literature, school supplies, school furniture, and more. The largest shipment, of 500 tonnes, came on 27 August in the 37th MChS Rossii humanitarian aid convoy. They delivered beds for kindergartens, as well as lockers and desks, special easels (with a worktop and a folding easel), and chairs for pre-school institutions. Chepikova told us, “All over Russia, leading up to 1 September, they had a campaign called Day of Knowledge in Novorossiya. It collected more than 200 tonnes of humanitarian aid for our children… stationery, classroom materials, and school uniforms. I want to thank every person who decided that’s necessary for our kids to have at least a pencil, a notebook, or paint”. From the beginning of the war, junta aggressor shelling damaged 480 DNR schools.

1 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


OFFICIAL Greetings of LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky on the Day of Knowledge

1 September-The Day of Knowledge!



Dear friends,

I warmly greet you on the Day of Knowledge… a holiday that brings together people of all generations. It’s a holiday for kids, who hear the sound of the school bell and who go to class for the first time, where they learn everything that they need for life and work. We look forward to the day when they’ll become well-educated youths, the future of our Republic. It’s a holiday for teachers and coaches, who, overcoming life’s difficulties, carried out and performed their civic duty every day [regardless of the cost]. I bow before them [in respect] for that! Of course, it’s a holiday for parents. After all, all of us were yesterday’s schoolchildren and students; we cherish our memories of childhood and adolescence, the years of hard study and joy, the memory of our first small but important victories. Friends, every day, our Republic looks ever more confidently to the future… we have an increasing birth rate, we’re restoring kindergartens, schools, and universities, and we’re strengthening the social foundations of society. Let our children have only a peaceful sky and a bright sun over their heads, let them learn, let them gain knowledge and experience to live and develop our Motherland!

To the feast, my friends! I wish peace to all of you, and ask for the well-being of our Republic!

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Chairman of the LNR Government

1 September 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


1 September 2015. Animal Funnies… Three on a Bottle…

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“Three on a bottle” is an old Russian custom. In the Sov time, three guys would get together, each one would pony up a rouble, that’d be enough to buy a bottle of vodka and a package of processed cheese… for everybody knows that only drunks drink without eating something to go along with it. Yup… this was another “insider” “tribal” joke… but now you know too…

Who IS gonna go and get the cheese? We’re not a bunch of drunks, y’know…


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Lutogino Raion Celebrated Obzhinki End-of-Harvest Festival

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Yuliya Viskovatova, head of the Information Department in Lutogino Raion, told us that locals celebrated the Obzhinki, the traditional end-of-harvest festival. Local performers organised a festival and concert for the farmers at the T G Shevchenko Raion House of Culture. The festival marked the end of the new harvest, it summed up the labours and challenges that led to a rich agricultural year. Present to congratulate the farmers were acting LNR Minister of Agriculture and Food Ruslan Sorokovenko, LNR Minister of Industry Dmitri Bozich, and Igor Russky, the head of Lutugino Raion. They gave out Certificates of Merit to the best workers. Russky said, “They say that the ploughman has black hands, but he gives birth to Lutugino white bread. I wish all of you good weather, decent prices, health, and well-being. We’ve already harvested more than 7,000 tonnes of wheat. After we complete the harvest on our farms, we’ll continue clearing for other crops. The forecast for the harvest, despite the conditions under which we sowed the grain, is pretty good; next year, I’m sure that we’d reach higher levels”.

24 August 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


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