Donbass News Round-Up: Ukraine drags on “creeping offensive” while economy collapses

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June 5, 2017 – Fort Russ – 

By the Editorial Board of The Cossack Herald for Fort Russ – c.e. by J. Arnoldski – 

Ukraine continues to violate Minsk, seize neutral territories

Kiev’s punitive forces have occupied almost the entire “gray zone” between the Donetsk urban settlement and the village of Zhelobok (on the Kirovsk front), approaching the position of the People’s Militia of the People’s Republic of Lugansk at a distance of 600 meters. Previously, the APU had occupied several square kilometers of this “gray zone”.

According to a soldier of the People’s Militia of LPR codenamed “Rome”: “Meter by meter the UAF is approaching under the cover of shelling. Under the cover of mortars, Ukrainian troops move up from their positions. After night comes, they set up temporary shooting points and start firing. From our positions, of course, this is all in a hurry, so they don’t shoot at us at all, but at the village of civilians. Thus, the ‘gray zone ‘in the area of ​​Donetsk and Zhelobka does not actually exist anymore.” 

Meanwhile, abiding by the Minsk Agreements, the People’s cannot open fire on the advancing enemy despite having every opportunity to expel the UAF from the gray zone.

To recall, just the other day, the main propaganda mouthpiece of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Tymchuk, announced the readiness of the UAF to seize the territory of the DPR and the LPR within a few days. These words and the seizure of the “gray zones” confirm suspicions of a forthcoming Ukrainian offensive. 

Fountains re-started in Pervomaisk despite war

On the night of May 28th-29th, the territory of Pervomaisk (LPR) was subjected to another shelling barrage by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fire is presumed to have come from mortars. As a result of the shelling, two houses and farm buildings were damaged. A repair team went to the scene to help the residents. Fortunately, there were no casualties from the shelling.

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In the meantime, despite the ongoing war, fountains have been opened in Pervomaisk. In Nikolai Chikhachev park, the fountain was repaired and has now resumed flow. Repairs were also completed on another fountain located on the boulevard along Kim Street, opposite to the children’s and youth’s sports school (the former Sports Palace “Yunost”).

Effects of Donbass blockade make themselves felt

On March 15th, on the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, a blockade was imposed on the Donbass republics, forbidding the transport of any goods except humanitarian ones from the territory of the DPR and the LPR to Ukraine. As many experts warned (including Ukrainian ones), the blockade of Donbass has primarily hurt Ukraine itself.

The accuracy of these forecasts is already being confirmed. Industrial production in Ukraine has collapsed and the volume of production in the energy sector and mining and metallurgical complexes has dropped as a result of the blockade of Donbass.

In April, the decline in coal production in Ukraine reached 23% overall, with metal ores falling by 15% and steel by 11%. In pharmaceuticals, the decline exceeded 14%, according to the press service of Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

Reports of production growth of 4.8% for chocolate and cocoa products over the past four months is a mockery against this backdrop. In other words, production in the enterprises of the “chocolate king,” President Poroshenko, is growing while Ukrainian production collapses. 

According to the State Statistics Service, Russia was still the largest investor in Ukraine in 2016. Russians invested $1.667 billion in the Ukrainian economy, which is almost 38% of all foreign investments for the year. This is more than the combined investment of all EU countries together. And compared to 2015, this amount was an increase by 2.5 times.

The total amount of accumulated direct investment of Russian businesses in Ukraine on October 1st, 2016, was estimated by the State Statistics Service at $4.819 billion. The bulk of these investments, almost $4.1 billion, are in the authorized capital of Russian bank subsidiaries and insurance companies in Ukraine, against which the Ukrainian Nazis are assiduously fighting in an attempt to squeeze them out of the Ukrainian market.

Thus, Ukraine’s own statistical service has confirmed that it is Russia that is keeping the Ukrainian economy afloat. 

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