“Soft” Genocide: Kiev shuts off water and electricity to Lugansk

From Fort Russ

December 3, 2016 –
By Eduard Popov for Fort Russ – translated by J. Arnoldski –
In addition to regularly shelling the territories of the Donbass republics and firing missiles over the airspace of Russian Crimea, Kiev has also not forgotten to use energy weapons. While Russia is helping the residents of the Ukrainian city of Genichesk (Kherson region) to survive the harsh winter by supplying them with free gas, Ukraine is using any and every opportunity to implement policies of socio-economic genocide against the people of Donbass. 
Today, I received fresh information from the front of the “energy war” being waged by Kiev against the Lugansk People’s Republic. This information is courtesy of Cossack Media Group from the city of Stakhanov in the LPR. The LPR’s authorized representative to the Minsk talks, Vladislav Deynego has reported that Ukraine has cut off Lugansk’s water supply from the Petrov reservoir. However, he assured that this has not harmed anyone in the LPR. In response to Ukraine’s disconnection of the water supply, a new water supply schedule has been introduced in Lugansk.
At the same time, the first deputy director of the Lugansk Water Company, Igor Ometov, has reported that the water shutdown has absolutely not affected any other districts of the Lugansk People’s Republic, which will continue to receive water according to the normal schedule.
But that’s not all. In December 2016, Ukraine plans to turn off not only water, but also electricity to the LPR. This has been announced by the director of the Lugansk Energy Association, Vladimir Gritsai, live on Hromadske Public Radio.
Earlier, the head of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, stated that 600,000 people in the LPR could be left without heating and electricity for Christmas. According to representatives of the Cossack Media Group whom I asked for clarification, Lugansk had actually signed a formal contract with Ukrainian energy providers and regularly pays them for their services. During this upcoming harsh winter (such are the forecasts), the deprivation of such a huge population of light and heating is a form of genocide.
I believe that the Donbass republics are obliged to submit a complaint on such behavior at the next meeting of the Minsk group or call an emergency meeting insofar as Ukraine, with these and other actions, is grossly violating the spirit and letters of the Minsk Agreements. Paragraph eight of the agreements concerns the need to “fully restore socio-economic ties, including social transfers such as pensions and other payments (receipts and income, the timely payment of all utility bills, the renewal of taxation within the legal framework of Ukraine).” 
The republics of Donbass are honoring and fulfilling their part of the obligations and are paying Ukrainian power companies for their services. Yet now Ukraine has refused to provide even those services that have been already paid for. 
Ukraine’s actions are no surprise. The only surprise is the actions of the leaders of the Donetsk republics, especially LPR head Igor Plotnitsky. In October of last year, the Minister of Fuel, Energy, and Coal Industry of the LPR, Dmitry Lyamin, was arrested for ordering enormous volumes of coal produced in the republic to go to Ukraine. This helped Ukrainian energy stations keep running thanks to acutely scarce Donbass coal. As a result, Ukraine was saved from energy collapse last winter. This problematic situation was compounded by the fact that the LPR received no money or tax revenues from the coal supply. Lyamin’s arrest was made in the absence of Plotnitsky and aroused his anger. The next day, Lyamin was released from custody on the personal order of Plotnitsky…

Putin: Minsk negotiations now pointless in light of Crimea provocation

Also see this article from 2014


From Fort Russ

August 10th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– translated by Tatzhit – 

Vladimir Putin: “This is very disturbing. Our security services have prevented penetration of sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Ukraine Ministry of Defense into Crimea. Of course, such actions mean that continuing talks in Normandy format is pointless, especially when it comes to the next meeting in China.

Because, apparently, the people who [violently] seized power in Kiev and continue to usurp it, don’t want negotiations. [snip] Now, instead of looking for ways to  settle the conflict peacefully, they decided to try terrorism.

In this regard, I can’t avoid mentioning that we view the recent assassination attempt targeting the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic as an [act of terror], same as the current attempt to sneak saboteurs into the territory of Crimea.

I want to point out, I think the media reported it already, that the Russian side took losses. Two soldiers were killed. We certainly won’t excuse such things.

But I would like to also address our American, European partners. I think that by now it is obvious for all involved that the current Kiev authorities are not looking to solve problems through negotiation. Now they escalate to acts of terror. That is very concerning.

At first glance, what we just saw in Crimea seems to be a stupid and criminal act. It’s stupid, because it is impossible to regain the trust of Crimean population that way. And it’s criminal, because people have died.

But I think that the underlying situation is even more alarming. Because there is nothing to be gained from such attacks, except to distract their own people from the ruined Ukrainian economy, from the plight of many ordinary Ukrainians – that is the only reason.

Trying to provoke violence and conflict can only serve to divert public attention from those who seized power in Kiev, and still continue to usurp it and continue to rob their own people. [They’re playing dangerous games] in order to stay in power as long as possible, and loot as much as they possibly can.

But [both] their attempts failed, because their [cronies] turned out to be too incompetent.  Of course, we will do everything we can to ensure the safety of infrastructure and citizens, take extra security measures. And I mean serious additional measures. Both technical, and otherwise.

But the most important thing is that those [Western governments] who support the current Kiev authorities must decide – what do they want? Do they want their proxies to continue attempting to provoke us? Or do they still want a real peace agreement? And if they still actually want it, I really hope that they finally take some real steps to provide necessary pressure on the current government in Kiev.

Actual speech (in Russian):

Report on the details of provocation:
Fort Russ – FSB blames Ukrainian Defense Ministry for foiled terrorist plot in Crimea

Picture: Captured saboteur equipment. Note plastic explosives, military MON mine, assortment of detonators, MSP noiseless pistol. Such a collection is generally unobtainable by common extremists, or even rank-and-file soldiers.    
  Separate thanks to blogger hippy-end for transcribing the speech in Russian. http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/08/unforgiving-rhetoric-vladimir-putin.html

Lugansk lights up the Eternal Flame after an anti-fascist march

Lugansk news – Eastkorr.net

For the first time in five years in Lugansk an Eternal Flame was lit up in memory of the fallen in the Great Patriotic War. An anti-fascist march preceded the ceremony, which was attended by the administration of Lugansk People’s Republic and 4 thousand residents of Lugansk. The fire was out for five years due to a lack of funds to pay for its maintenance. ”

70 years ago, our fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers won this victory, did everything so that today we would forget about Nazism. But, unfortunately, it grew and produced its seeds. It causes disgust in normal people. On the wrongly cultured soil it yields new growth” – said the head of LPR Igor Plotnitsky.

The marchers walked from the Government House to the Memorial to the Fighters of the Revolution. During the procession, the people chanted:

“Donbass will not be put on its knees!”

 “Lugansk against fascism!”

“Donbass – the tomb of fascism!”

“Lugansk  – Russian city!”

After the march the Eternal Flame was solemnly lit at the Memorial to the Fighters of the Revolution. The torch with the Eternal Flame was brought from Krasnodon, the hometown of the ‘Youth Guard’ – a group of young people who fought the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War and were brutaly tortured and killed. Their story inspired many books and movies.

The flame was lit by the head of Lugansk Republic Igor Plotnitsky, who said:

“For five years Lugansk did not light the eternal flame. Unfortunately, the city did not have 120 thousand UAH to maintain it. For one person it is a big amount, but the Republic will be able to raise these funds. And I promise: the Eternal Flame in Lugansk will never go out,” – said Plotnitsky.

Afterwards the participants laid flowers to the Eternal Fire, and observed a minute of silence for those killed in the War and those who died during combat operations in 2014.

Previously the Eternal Flame was lit in Lugansk only on holidays. The government considered it was too costly to maintain. The daily burning of the Eternal Flame costs about 500 thousand UAH in year. The gas supply system for the flame was commissioned in 1959 and since then has not been significantly altered. In 2011, when work was carried out on the reconstruction of the memorial, city officials planned to reconstruct the system with modern energy saving technologies. But this work was never carried out.

Translated by Kristina Rus

Source: http://fortruss.blogspot.no/2014/10/lugansk-lights-up-eternal-flame-after.html