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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rolling Blackouts Announced in Seven Ukrainian Oblasts


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



Wednesday, 14 October 2015

DNR Government Underwrote Gas Heating Conversion in Dokuchaevsk Satellite Outpatient Clinic

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Donbassgaz staff just finished a gas distribution point for heating purposes in a satellite outpatient multiclinic in Dokuchaevsk. The project cost more than 125,000 Roubles (12,750 Renminbi. 130,000 INR. 2,000 USD. 2,600 CAD. 2,750 AUD. 1,750 Euros. 1,300 UK Pounds). Attendees at the inauguration ceremony included Deputy Chief of Staff of the Chairman of the DNR Government Dmitri Trapeznikov, DNR Health Minister Viktor Kuchkovo, the new head of the Dokuchaevsk GMA* Aleksandr Kachanov, Donbassgaz staff, multiclinic staff, and local residents. This outpatient facility serves over 1,600 residents, including 104 combatants and veterans of the Great Patriotic War. It’s located six kilometres from the primary healthcare centre, which is in the central part of Dokuchaevsk; not everyone can make it there. Kachanov said:

Previously, people had to go to the main centre for medical exams, and six kilometres… it’s not so little. Not everyone has enough money to visit the central multiclinic.

Before installing gas heat, the clinic had an electric heating system, which caused considerable inconvenience in the winter. Medical personnel couldn’t always offer a full range of guaranteed medical services. According to Kuchkovo:

Winter temperatures can drop to -10 to -12 degrees (10.4 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit). This went on for decades… attempts to install gas heat here went on for a long time, but for various bureaucratic reasons, no one could do it. Now, we’ve restored normal life in the Republic; so, we can resolve all technical issues, it’s possible to make firm decisions on the installation of new equipment.

  • GMA: City Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

13 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



Under the “Ukraine”, oligarchs stole most of the country’s substance. The Galician Uniate hillbillies and schismos stole the rest to subsidise their bandura-strumming. Now, in the Peoples Republics, there are no oligarchs, Uniates, or schismos to steal the people’s substance. Suddenly, there’s money and means to get things done. Get it straight… the oligarchs, Uniates, and schismos are open thieves. The US Republicans and Democratic Interventionists (such as Chilly Hilly and Butcher Biden) support them. Shitbirds of a feather flock together. Connect the dots…


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Gorlovka Opened New Gas Pipeline to Provide Heat for More than 640 Families

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Today, Donbassgaz employees started up a new gas boiler in Gorlovka to provide heat for more than 640 families in Rtutny Micro-Raion. They hooked up ten apartment buildings to the gas supply grid; the cost of the project exceeded 750,000 Roubles (77,000 Renminbi. 787,000 INR. 12,200 USD. 15,700 CAD. 16,600 AUD. 10,700 Euros. 7,900 UK Pounds). Sergei Filippov, Head of Donbassgaz, Maksim Leshchenko (who lit the ceremonial torch), Head of Administration for the DNR Chairman of the Government, Roman Khramenkov, Head of the Gorlovka  GMA*, Donbassgaz staff, and locals attended the launch ceremony. Filippov said:

Today, the appropriate agencies carried out the instructions of [Chairman Zakharchenko] on the building of 340 metres of pipeline to connect boiler station №25 to the main gas supply grid permanently. The fighting in the city on 18 January damaged the high-pressure gas supply pipeline serving northeastern Gorlovka. Donbassgaz staff managed to hook up the gas pipeline network to low-pressure sources, but it wasn’t possible to ramp up heat for the people of Rtutny Micro-Raion. Thus, we needed to build a new pipeline to connect with the existing gas supply grid. In July 2015, we came up plans calling for laying a new pipeline over the Seversky Donets-Donbass Canal following the route of an existing low-pressure gas pipeline.

Khramenkov said:

I want to thank the Donbassgaz staff for their tireless work to tackle all the problems to bring heat to our people’s homes.

Throughout the active operations in the recent war, Gorlovka was one of the most “hot” spots. Official figures show that junta attacks killed 164 civilians and injured 501 more. Due to the constant bombardment of infrastructure, there were regular interruptions of such basic public utilities as water, gas, electricity, and heat.

  • GMA: State Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

9 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Friday, 9 October 2015

Water Main Pipeline from Yelizavetinsky Reservoir to the Petrovskoi Pumping Station is a Third Done

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Aleksandr Avershin, chief engineer of Luganskvoda State Unitary Enterprise, told LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky during a working tour of Antrasit Raion that the water main pipeline from the Yelizavetinsy Reservoir to the Petrovskoi pumping station, intended to carry water to consumers in Krasny Luch and Antratsit, is on schedule and the work is a third done. He said:

Today, if we consider the whole range of work done at Petrovskoi and Antrasit, the job is about 30 percent done. We have all the piping that we need, so, we think that we’d be done by 20 October.

Repairs to Yelizavetinsky Reservoir, which provides water to Antratsit, Krasny Luch, and Alchevsk, began on 7 August. On 1 October, Aleksandr Drobot, Director of the LNR Centre for Recovery Management (TsUV), said that repairs on the slope of the Yelizavetinsky Reservoir Dam are 70 percent done.

6 October 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


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