25/06/14. #Donbass, eastern Ukraine: #Donetsk and #Lugansk Republics’ deputies just voted unanimously for the unification, creating a Soyuz (union) of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. The new unified state will share unified economy, finance and defence. Earlier, Donetsk and Lugansk announced that along with Ukrainian grivna, the official currency circulating on their territory is Russian ruble.
The unified constitution is planned. The unified Sovet (council) will be created, with each republic represented by 30 delegates. This council will deal with common social, defence and economic issues.
Another bit of news is the officially announced kidnapping by Kiev authorities of one of the Donetsk officials – a personal advisor to the head of the Donetsk Republic. Kiev announced this news as one of their accomplishments. At least 25 people disappeared without a trace in Donetsk just recently. The question is: What happened to the ceasefire which is supposed to be on until June 27? Kidnapping is incongruent with ceasefire.
Ukraine oligarch Kolomoysky, who treats the city of Dnepropetrovsk as his fiefdom and who wants to add three more regions to this self-proclaimed fiefdom, announced that his troops won’t observe ceasefire. Kolomoysky finances his own private mercenary army, which is responsible for shooting and bombing people of eastern Ukraine. There are also known foreign mercenaries from Poland, Lithuania, other EU countries and US, who also are engaged in killing people despite official ceasefire. All these mercenaries are not interested in sitting there idly as they are only paid for the days they “work.” They were hired to kill people – it’s that simple. It seems evident “president” Poroshenko and Kiev do not control the situation in the country.
Here is some interesting statistics. As of 2013, the population of Ukraine was officially 45 million. Out of these, 9 million were living and working as guest workers abroad. 6 million – presently more – of these 9 million were working and living in Russia. After Crimea’s secession, population of Ukraine fell by 2 million.
With secession of Donbass, it fell by another 7 million. Population of the Donetsk oblast, now Donetsk Republic, is over 4 million; Lugansk oblast, now Lugansk Republic – 2.7 million.
Russia officially admits to 600,000 refugees from all over Ukraine since the beginning of this year. In fact, the number is double that, as many didn’t claim refugee status, living of their friends and relatives. Some Ukrainians also left to other countries of Europe. What is the real population of Ukraine today? No one knows, but it appears to be 25-27 million, and falling.
Industrial Donbass, in other words, Lugansk and Donetsk regions, were responsible for 30% of Ukraine’s GDP. In addition to the falling economy, currency and standard of living due to the Kiev maidan turmoil and continuing sabotage of the economy, Ukraine has also lost a huge chunk of GDP due to the loss of Donbass and Crimea. In fact, Ukraine is officially bankrupt, and the IMF loans are only going to put it deeper in a debt hole.
The crazy actions of the Kiev junta government and their allies only aggravate the situation further. But then we all know, the Kiev junta doesn’t have the best interests of its people at heart.
See related video, which includes interesting Lugansk and Donetsk cities’ footage. Объединение ДНР и ЛНР 25 06 2014
I simply had to post this video! It is addressed to the American people by a well-known musician from #Kharkov, #Ukraine, Filip Vartan Melkhizedek, and it has gone viral on Youtube. This is a well-informed, yet at the same time mystical & pacifist call from someone who is in the middle of it all. Filip is a Ukrainian citizen with Armenian roots, who as many, identifies with the Greater Russian culture. Unfortunately, since March when this video was first published, much happened in Ukraine – and the situation continues spiraling out of control. Read the rest of this entry
We are firmly in the 21st century, yet the newly formed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (together forming the Donbass region) once again face the old Lenin’s dilemma: to nationalize the Ukraine oligarchs’ assets, or not. The primary backers of the euro-maidan and the present junta in Kiev, possessing significant assets in Donetsk and Lugansk, include Renat Akhmetov, Igor Kolomoyskiy (the same guy who finances his own private army and who treats nearby Dnepropetrovsk as his fiefdom) and a few others. It appears the main wrath of the people is directed currently at Renat Akhmetov, who is a Donetsk native.
The dilemma, to nationalize or not, is the old one. Lenin agonized over the same after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and in the first years of the young Soviet Republic. After the referendum of May 11, 2014, during which 90%+ of the Donetsk and Lugansk citizens combined voted to form a broad autonomy with subsequent secession from Kiev, both young Republics started experiencing financial problems. Kiev turned off financial sources and threatened to stop paying pensions and salaries. Meanwhile, taxes were still being collected in Donetsk and Lugansk to be sent to Kiev. Read the rest of this entry