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Friday, 3 July 2015

The DNR Invited LNR Citizens to Relax in Sea of Azov Resorts Once the Fighting Ends

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At a media briefing today in Lugansk, DNR First Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports, and Tourism (Minmolsporta) Aleksandr Gromakov invited LNR citizens to come to coastal resorts on the Sea of Azov shore after the war ends. He said that an agreement signed today in Lugansk between the LNR and DNR Minmolsportas provides for coöperation in tourism, saying, “We know that the LNR lacks a seacoast, but we do have one, and we invite all of our friends in the LNR to visit our seacoast resorts. Come to our Sea of Azov, not the Red Sea or the Black Sea. It has wonderful holiday spots; we have such places. Given the difficult situation, even on the part of the Sea that we occupy, we’ll have to wait until the situation comes back to normal. In the meantime, we’ll propose specific solutions, I think sometime this week. We’ll nail down tourist accommodation, and plan how our activity could help to realise this”.

LNR Minister for Family, Youth, Sports, and Tourism Stanislav Vinokurov explained that it’s is a kind of tourist barter, “We have, regardless of the fact that we lack a seacoast, many wonderful places worth visiting. We have historical and architectural monuments, along with natural landscapes. We should develop tourist destinations for domestic travellers. Of course, we considered issues of foreign tourism, not only foreign travel per se, but also contacts with our brothers from the DNR, which has places worth saying”.

Gramakov concluded by saying, “The DNR Minmolsporta is ready to implement joint tourism projects, we’re ready to talk, we can say, ‘Today, you come to us; tomorrow, we go to you”.

1 July 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Friday, 26 June 2015

Lugansk Kids Back Home After Five-Day Excursion to Moscow

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A group of children from families that lost members in the war (both military and civilian dead) returned to Lugansk from a five-day excursion to Moscow. Today, the parents of the kids and the organisers of the tour met the kids when they returned. Andrei Sopelnik, LNR Peoples Soviet Deputy and NGO World of Lugansk board member, said, “26 children from families that lost family members, both military and civilian deaths, went on a five-day excursion to Moscow. This is the second such trip. We received an invitation from the Svetoch Centre of Museum Pedagogy in Moscow. They’re our friends, people with great love and understanding for our children and our country. They put on a wonderful tour for our children. I give them many thanks. Thanks to World of Lugansk, these kids got a little peace, some good. World of Lugansk proved its intent to give our children peace and warmth, not in words, but in deeds”.

The kids on the excursion did more than just sightsee and have fun. Sopelnik said, “They also attended meetings where they told the world about us and our Republic, that we aren’t terrorists, that we’re peaceful and hardworking people who don’t want war, but want to work, learn, and build our young republic. During their tour of Red Square, bikers from the Night Wolves escorted their bus, and before leaving for home, our kids went to the water park at Serpukhov. This trip gave them joy, warmth, and confidence in the future. We have more such trips planned in future, not only to Moscow but also to St Petersburg. Every day, more and more people are coming forward to help when they find out who came, where they came from, and this increases the number of helpers”.

25 June 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

More than 100 Kids from Lutugino Raion in the LNR Went to Camps in Kursk Oblast and the Crimea

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Today, Natalya Shvets, the Deputy Head of Administration for Lutugino Raion told us that more than 100 local kids went on holiday to the Zarya Camp in Kursk Oblast and to the Crimean resort of Solnechnogorsk near Alushta. The first group of kids, made up of 50 gifted children aged 14 to 17 years, gathered today at the RGA* building at 04.00. From there, the buses went to Zarya Camp via the Izvarino border-crossing point. At 11.00, buses took another 55 children to a camp on the Crimean coast of the Black Sea in Solnechnogorsk near Alushta. Shvets said, “This year was very difficult emotionally for kids, as many of them couldn’t go out anywhere due to the fighting; they spent all last summer with their parents in bunkers and bomb shelters. Gradually, life in the Republic is normalising, but most parents still can’t afford to send their kids to camp, nor can they afford holidays for the whole family to relax together. Therefore, we’re very grateful to our Russian friends, who‘re taking in our kids from the LNR. We plan to send 200 children to the Crimea; another 200 will holiday in summer camps in Rostov Oblast and Krasnodar Krai”.

  • RGA: Raion State Administration: administrative apparat of a raion (roughly, an American county-level entity)

23 June 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Friday, 19 June 2015

About 500 LNR Kids Went on Holiday in the Crimea

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Today, LNR Chairman of the Council of Ministers G N Tsypkalov stated that the first contingent of kids from the LNR went to summer camps in the Crimea, “Today, we sent off 480 kids from the LNR. They’re not only from Lugansk, but also from Krasny Luch, Pervomaisk, Bryanka, Stakhanov, and Krasnodon. We thank the Russian Federation for the opportunity for our kids to camp in the Crimea, to buck up their health and to help them prepare for the new school year. Last year, they really didn’t get a summer”. The first group to go on holiday were 116 children from special categories. In total, some 2,500 kids will holiday in the Crimea. Seeing the kids off, Tsypkalov wished them a good holiday and emphasised that this was possible thanks to the Russian Federation, which gave LNR kids free trips to the Crimea, “Our children are our future, and we must look to the future. Due to Russian generosity, you’ll have a chance to have some fun, a chance that not every kid gets, to go to camp in Russia in the Crimea, but you got that chance. Good luck, smiles, new achievements, and come back home”. Earlier, Acting Deputy Chairman of the LNR Council of Ministers Vasili Nikitin reported at a meeting of the LNR Public Council that the Russian side was making provision for the campers.

19 June 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


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