Pro-Maidan Activists Release Pictures of Large Scale Illegal Extraction of Amber

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

12th March, 2016


Unian (The reader should note that “Automaidan” is a group that, although pro-Junta, is disillusioned with Poroshenko)

On the border between the Rivne and Volyn regions, near the village in Kuchitsu, hundreds, if not thousands of people are illegally simultaneously mining amber.

This was reported on a social network by the social organization Automaidan‘. With the help of a drone, activists were able to reveal the extent of the illegal mining of amber. “We are now near Kuhitska Volya, Rivne region. Here there is genuine tin: hundreds, if not thousands of people simultaneously mining amber. Of course, absolutely illegal,” – said the message of the organization.

The images show a variety of machinery: tractors, excavators, pumps, with the help of which they extract amber, “including dozens of military trucks that organize the transport of the pumps together with the “diggers”. Do you remember, that our guys, during their visit to ATO zone, said that there were not enough trucks. It wasn’t without difficulties, but we found some and repaired them. But here there are dozens of them, almost all in good condition”.

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The report said that the “amber workers” are not afraid of anyone, are not hiding, there are even no checkpoints, which were present during our raid last year on Zhytomyr. People just come on motorcycles, cars, vans, and literally after leaving the road they begin to “work”.

“It is simply not possible for the police and authorities in general to not see all this horror. Therefore all will be shared, as we simply cannot see another option”, – noted the organization.

The message also reminded that the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised, in just two weeks, he would bring order to the illegal extraction of amber in July last year after activists posted a video of the catastrophic consequences of large-scale illegal amber mining in Olevsk district, Zhytomyr region.

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