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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Italian Economics Wonk Thinks that the Experience of the South Tyrol Will Help Novorossiya’s Postwar Economic Reconstruction



Today, at the International Forum “Donbass: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” in Donetsk, Italian free economic zone expert Andrea Villotti said that the DNR could benefit from experience gained in the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy in re developing its economy, saying, “We’re ready to share our experience in economic development in the South Tyrol. We believed that only a strong economy would give us actual autonomy. It was difficult; people looked at us askance. However, because we worked at it, we went from being the poorest area into being the richest one. I see that you believe in that, too, seeing what you’ve built so far in the past year, so, we’ll help you. The South Tyrol is just a model, you’d need to develop your own adaptations, you’d have to base your decisions on your position and opportunities, but we’re ready to coöperate with [the DNR and LNR] in the high technology field and invest in this area”.

11 May 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



Wednesday, 22 April 2015

DNR Self-Sufficient in Electricity… Not Dependent on the Ukraine or Russia

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Today, Yelena Styazhkina, Director of the Department of Electricity of the DNR Ministry of Coal and Energy, announced at a press conference in Donetsk that the Republic has complete self-sufficiency in electricity, saying, “At present, the DNR doesn’t buy electricity from the Ukraine, even less so from the Russian Federation. The Starobeshevo and Zuevskaya thermal power plants (TES) produce enough electricity for the purposes of the DNR. Every hour, the four units in these two TESs generate about 1,000 MW/hour of electricity. This quantity is enough to cover all the needs of the population and enterprises in the country”.

21 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

DNR Mintrans Starts Rebuilding of Bridges Destroyed in the War

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00 DNR Mintrans. Donetsk PR repairs 01. 15.04.15


DNR Ministry of Transport (Mintrans) told us that they’ve begun to survey and repair overpasses and bridges destroyed during the fighting, saying, “The Mintrans ordered the priority repair of damaged sections of roadway after carrying out a visual inspection of six road bridges and overpasses out of 11 damaged or destroyed during the fighting”. As of today, the Mintrans has four preliminary reports on the survey from contractors. The Mintrans pointed up that the progress of repairs depends on having the necessary materials, noting, “Given the Ukrainian blockade, we have difficulties in getting materials such as propane, bottled oxygen, and oxygen hose”. In addition, engineers and technicians are repairing sections of the Donetsk Railway. The Mintrans doesn’t have a tentative completion date for the work underway.

15 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Saturday, 11 April 2015

LNR Mintrans Resumed Operation of Eight Trolleybus Routes in Lugansk

00 lugansk trolleybus 01a. 11.04.15


00 lugansk trolleybus 02a. 11.04.15

The indicated fare is 1.50 Grivnya (3.50 Roubles. 0.40 Renminbi. 4 INR. 6 US Cents. 8 Canadian Cents. 8 Australian Cents. 0.06 Euros. 4 UK Pence)


00 lugansk trolleybus 03a. 11.04.15

“Don’t distract the driver”


00 lugansk trolleybus 04a. 11.04.15

“Signal for hoist”… obviously, for handicapped access/egress


00 lugansk trolleybus 05a. 11.04.15

“Don’t lean [against this]”


00 lugansk trolleybus 06a. 11.04.15

At the Tsentralny (Central) stop in Lugansk


00 lugansk trolleybus 07a. 11.04.15

The banner on the upper-left reads, “Kick the enemy back to their homeland! We will destroy the fascists!”


Today, Aleksandr Chumachenko, LNR Minister of Infrastructure, Transport, and Communications, stated that Luganskelektrotransa reopened eight trolleybus routes in Lugansk, saying, “Trolleybus routes in the Southern and Eastern sectors now operate normally”. He also said that it isn’t possible to run the trolleybus route to Yubileiny as combat operations had severely damaged the power substation there and the powerlines for the buses. He noted, “We face many problems in repairing our vehicle inventory, but in the short time that the Chairman of the Government gave us, we did what we could”. Eight months ago, trolleybuses in Lugansk stopped running because the fighting caused shortages of electricity.

11 April 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre



Lugansk sure doesn’t look like a warzone to me. What this means is that Choco Loco and his American puppeteers are liars… let’s see… the Anglo American establishment claimed that Serbia was massacring Bosnians and Albanians, Afghanistan was a hotbed of terrorists, Iraq had WMDs, Libya was in the grip of a cruel dictator, Syria is the worst dictatorship in the Middle East, and the people in the LNR and DNR are dirty separatist criminals bent on dismembering the peaceful Ukraine. Such is the narrative one hears in Washington… they echo every lie of the “Ukrainian Catholics” and “Ukrainian Orthodox”. The LNR and DNR (and the rest of tsarist Novorossiya too) simply want to left alone… “Kick the enemy back to their homeland”. They want no part of Galician Uniate nationalist “Consciousness”… they want no part of Galician hillbilly pidgin (“Ukrainian”)… they want no part of the illegitimate extremist fascist putschist junta in Kiev installed by the Americans.

Lugansk wants normality… putting the trolleybuses back online is part of that normality. You can support socialist sanity or you can support American-sponsored fascist lunacy. I prefer to support the socialists of the LNR and DNR. They’re “People’s Republics”, indeed… note well that subsidised public transport is part of the”social contract” in the People’s Republics… the Uniate fascists beat the people with clubs (literally) as they jack up utilities rates and transit fares into the stratosphere (and cut wages and pensions as they do so… can you see why the US Republican Party loves them?). I know where I’d prefer to live if given the choice between the Republics or Banderstan! I’m NOT alone in thinking that way!


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