Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

7 October 2015. It’s President Putin’s 63rd Birthday!

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Russian Internet Providers Will Enter the DNR Market in 2016

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Today, DNR Minister of Communications Viktor Yatsenko announced at a press conference that Russian ISP providers would enter the domestic market next year:

Next year, we plan to start buying traffic from the Russian Federation. Ukrainian providers would remain in the Republic, but the price of Ukrainian ISP services has grown considerably. The Ukraine officially increased prices on internet traffic by 17 percent. This meant that the price rose to our operators, as we buy all internet access directly from the Ukraine. However, consumer internet access is much cheaper in the DNR than in the Ukraine. Access to services at speeds of 100 megabits per second is no more than 400 Roubles (41 Renminbi. 418 INR. 6.50 USD. 8.40 CAD. 9 AUD. 5.70 Euros. 4.20 UK Pounds), whereas, for example, in Kharkov, the price of this package is 250 Grivnya (732 Roubles. 75 Renminbi. 765 INR. 11.75 USD. 15.30 CAD. 16.40 AUD. 10.50 Euros. 7.70 UK Pounds), and 200 Grivnya (586 Roubles. 60 Renminbi. 612 INR. 9.40 USD. 12.25 CAD. 13 AUD. 8.40 Euros. 6.20 UK Pounds) in Dnepropetrovsk.

6 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


OFFICIAL Statement of D V Pushilin and V N Deinego on Donbass Elections

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We’re pleased to note that the proposal from the LNR to postpone elections in the Donbass until 21 February 2016 on condition that Kiev fully implements the political points of the Minsk-2 Accord met a receptive reception from the Normandy Quartet. We studied the statements and recommendations of Frau Merkel and M Hollande that came out of the 2 October Paris summit. Today, we held consultations in Minsk with representatives of the OSCE and Russia. Both A V Zakharchenko and I V Plotnitsky gave us direction. Therefore, taking into account the above stipulations, we announce that the DNR and LNR agree to postpone elections until 2016, instead of holding them on 18 October and 1 November.

During this time, the Ukraine must fulfil all the obligations of the Minsk Accords. Particularly, it must grant special status to the Donbass and forgo any prosecution and punishment of anyone who participated in the events in the DNR and LNR. It must also abrogate proposed amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution and replace them with items coördinated with us. We’re ready to work together with all parties to the Minsk talks to harmonise the special draft law on elections. However, we can only resume these negotiations after we get approval for the parameters for the mandate of the Contact Group and the Working Groups. We need to stipulate protocols in re disagreements and compromises. Moreover, we must clearly underscore what decisions we shall consider appropriate and what we shall consider inappropriate.

The lack of formal published decisions led to the fact that, until today, Kiev, either directly or indirectly, sabotaged the execution of the Minsk Accords by taking unilateral decisions or by distorting their intent. Therefore, the political settlement in February didn’t change a thing. For our work in Minsk to have permanent results, we need formal norms. We believe that all participants in the Minsk talks should formally initial the special draft law on elections, as well as any draft amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution, not to mention all other agreements that come out of the talks. If the Verkhovnaya Rada dares to change an agreed text, we should consider it an irregular and unacceptable violation of the Minsk Accords. The DNR and LNR reaffirm their commitment to the peace process for the sake of a dignified life and to protect the rights of the people of the Donbass.

6 October 2015

D V Pushilin

Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet

V N Deinego

Deputy Chairman of the LNR Peoples Soviet

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Monday, 5 October 2015

DNR Planning to Supply Iron ore to Steel Mills from Kursk Deposits

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Yevgeni Lavrenov, head of industrial development strategy for the Administration of the Chairman of the DNR Government, told us that the DNR is considering supplying raw materials to our steel mills from the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly in the Russian Federation, instead of using supplies from Ukrainian sources. He said:

The most ideal mine in terms of logistics and of the proper ore is the deposit of the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly. For commercial reasons, we’re not revealing our potential partners. Not only can the Kursk deposit supply iron ore concentrate, it can provide finished pellets or sinter, from a later stage of processing. However, we do have a sinter plant and a factory for clumping.

Today, the Skotovataya-Yasinovataya railway line carries most of the supply of iron ore pellets for DNR steel mills… it connects our Republic with Kiev-occupied territory. Due to the transport bottlenecks, raw material shortages occur.

5 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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