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Thursday, 3 September 2015

DNR to Fund Subsidised Domestic Coal Supplies for 35,000 People

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Today, DNR Minister of Labour and Social Policy Olga Malinovskaya told us, “We plan to provide subsidised or free coal to 35,000 people. The fuel is free to those who fill out all the necessary forms, according to norms in standing government decrees”. DNR Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Viktor Petrov noted, “Given present wartime conditions, the number of recipients of aid may increase. Taking into account the number of service personnel, we may have to issue coal to more than 38,000 people. We’re ready to supply 120,000 tonnes of coal in September”.

DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko signed a decree approving the temporary regulation “On the free provision of domestic solid fuel (coal) to certain categories of DNR citizens” 25 August 015. In particular, Chernobyl accident emergency personnel, the victims of Nazi crimes, the disabled and families with disabled children, large families,  and miners and the families of dead miners (amongst others) have a right to receive subsidised or free coal. The decree makes it clear that subsidised coal only goes to those with coal stoves for heating or cooking.

3 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Saturday, 29 August 2015

OFFICIAL Day of the Miner Greetings from DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko

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To my dear compatriots and fellow citizens of the DNR!

I warmly greet you on the Day of the Miner, a holiday near and dear to every family in our glorious labouring Donbass! For our region, mining isn’t just a job… it’s the backbone of the DNR working class. Heroes of Labour such as Nikita Izotov, Ivan Bridko, Aleksandr Kolchik, and, of course, Aleksei Stakhanov forged a worldwide reputation for the Donbass mines, and for the miners who worked them. During the Great Patriotic War, the fascist aggressors ravaged our native land, but it quickly recovered, and in a short time, the industrial might of the Donbass embodied our workmen’s impressive achievements and victories. All this was possible thanks largely to our miners’ daily heroic labour… they’re famous for their courage, selfless devotion to their work, and steadfast character. Especially, these qualities were clear in 1943 and 2014 in the battles that raged around Saur-Mogila. In 1943, our fathers and grandfathers swept the fascist plague out of the Soviet Donbass… today, real heroes, the children and grandchildren of our glorious victorious VOV vets, defeated the Nazis again, beginning the DNR’s liberation. This shows our intergenerational continuity and testifies to our loyalty to our miners’ region traditions. Today, we work with you to rebuild the Donbass from the ruins. Thanks to your selfless labour, patriotism, and devotion to your motherland, we’ll do all that’s necessary to restore our land’s prosperity, to make it a healthy state where the working class takes pride of place.

Dear miners, with all my heart I wish you good health, boundless vitality, and inexhaustible optimism! I wish you and your loved ones happiness, good luck, and every success! Let your brilliant work achievements and glorious victories on all fronts always inspire you. A happy holiday to all of our miners! To the feast, on this Day of the Miner!

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Chairman of the DNR Government

29 August 2015

DNR Online

Official website of the DNR Council of Ministers and DNR Peoples Soviet


OFFICIAL Day of the Miner Greetings from LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky

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Dear workers in the coal industry, our courageous miners!

Please, accept our warmest greetings on your professional holiday!

From time immemorial to the present day, people in the Donbass knew as an unwritten truism that the most honourable work was mining. Our grandfathers, followed by our fathers, and we, their children, became a miners’ dynasty; we walked a miner’s path, we earned a well-deserved respect. There is no sentimentality about working in a mine… the priority is on devotion and comradeship. Today, our miners still hold principles dear; they’ve shown courage and heroism at the front, not only at the pit-face. However, our strength isn’t in weapons, but in the love of peace… here, one by one, we’ll restore our mines; our veterans will return to the pit from the front, our miners will work to revive the glory of our world here in the Donbass. The miners said as they go down in the hole, “May the coal be soft!” Their wives quietly added, after following their husbands to the pit, “May there be a strong roof!”

On the behalf of everyone in the LNR, I wish good health, fortitude, and faith to all miners and to all others engaged in the coal industry; I express our gratitude for their dedication and love for their profession, for their conscientious work for the benefit of the Republic! Let peace return to our long-suffering land and may our miners always come back to their families!

To the feast, on this the Day of the Miner!

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Chairman of the LNR Government

29 August 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Friday, 28 August 2015

DNR Ministry of Finance sez 92 Percent of Money in Circulation is Russian Roubles



Today, DNR Minister of Finance Yekaterina Matyushcenko told us, “After an audit of purchase volume and the amount of currency in circulation, it’s clear that 92 percent of the currency in circulation is Russian roubles, and only 8 percent is Ukrainian grivnya. Besides the rouble and grivnya, the DNR allows the use of the Euro and USD as legal tender. All cash and cashless payments will be in these currencies”.

27 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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