European IP address coordinator assigns Donetsk to the Russian Federation


July 2, 2015

European IP address coordinator assigns Donetsk to the Russian Federation

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

Donetsk was recorded as part of Russia by RIPE NCC, a European IP address coordinator based in the Netherlands, which assigned a IP-address IPv4 packet to the local internet registrator in Donetsk, the DPR Internet Support Center. The addresses will not only be used in the .ru zone, but the registration documents state “Donetsk,” “Russian Federation.”

“We are observing neutrality. Our objective is to ensure firms with an exact number of internet resources. We are relying on information and documents provided to us by the members of our organization. This data should originate with a national agency and prove that the member exists as a legal entity,” said Aksel Paulik, RIPE NCC managing director, commenting earlier on the re-registration of Crimea’s IP addresses under Russia’s jurisdiction.

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There is also information that DPR has established its own cell phone operator. It uses the assets left by the Kievstar which stopped its operations on the republic’s territory.

J.Hawk’s Comment: It’s not exactly an earth-shattering piece of news, nor should we be expecting anything earth-shattering at this point. Instead, DPR/LPR (as well as Crimea) will simply be quietly recognized as part of Russia or as independent entities gradually, quietly, and without fuss. It’s not the first story like this in recent months, and it won’t be the last one.

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