When in autumn a 15-year Ukrainian radicals blew up the power lines feeding electricity to the Crimea, Kiev looked at these diversions through his fingers. But now that the radicals have blocked the supply of coal from LNR in Ukraine, Kiev alarmed. And no wonder – the actions of the Ukrainian nationalists threaten to deprive their fellow citizens of electricity, and it is in the midst of frosts.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office instituted criminal proceedings on the fact of the blockade of the railway in the Luhansk region, said on Thursday the speaker of the regional Prosecutor’s office Anna Zykova. According to her, on 41-m kilometre of a stage in Lugansk are about 55 people in camouflage uniforms, among which MPs Simon Semenchenko Pavel Kostenko Taras Shepherd and Vladimir Parasyuk. They were placed on the railway track three wooden “hedgehog”.
“Parasyuk began robbing trains. Let’s wait for the proclamation from the Sheriff about the reward for his head”
The actions of the protesters previously qualified under part 1 of article 279 of the criminal code of Ukraine. “This blocking of transport communications by the device of obstacles which broke normal work of transport. The punishment envisages a fine of 50 to 150 non-taxable minimum, or correctional labor up to two years, or arrest up to six months, or restraint of liberty for up to three years,” said Zykov.
“Redoubt Bogdan” blocked the path to Happiness
Recall, December 26 was the deadline of the ultimatum, which showed the authorities a group of former participants of the ATO, headed by Semenchenko. After that, the Deputy threatened: “Veterans begin operations by the blockade of trade with the occupied territories where you make millions as the leaders of the so-called DNR/LNR, and “Ukrainian” oligarchs and officials”. The organizers of the blockade has promised that it will last until “the release of all prisoners” in the Donbass. We are talking primarily about the coal trade between the republics of new Russia, and official Kyiv, the coal essential for power generation at Ukrainian thermal power plants. And the money for coal, in turn, essential for unrecognized republics.
In response, the head of the Ministry of economy Stepan Kubiv has warned that the embargo only hurt the locals who live in very difficult conditions. And the Secretary of the national security Council and defense Oleksandr Turchynov has promised not to allow any makeshift checkpoints. But Turchynov made a mistake. Checkpoint the day before is still there. ATO veterans and members blocked the railway Lugansk – Lysychansk – Popasna at the site of the mountain of gold. He even gave the name – “Redoubt Bogdan”. The first casualty of the blockade was empty, which was moving towards the LC. According to Semenchenko, stopping the train, veterans even called in a welder to weld it to the rails. He proudly added that “ordinary employees of the Ministry of interior, border guards, SBU supported the actions of the veterans”. As UNIAN reported earlier, veterans of the ATO planning not to stop and block another rail line.
“Since January 15 former soldiers of the volunteer battalions “Donbass” and “Aydar”, headed by Verkhovna Rada Deputy semen Semenchenko warned us that they would hold protest actions against smuggling by rail links across the line of demarcation on the territory of Luhansk oblast, – said on Thursday the representative of police of area Tatyana Pogukai channel “112.Ukraine”. – And yesterday they began, as they say, to the third stage declared the action”. According to her, the legal assessment of the situation should not only give the Prosecutor’s office, and SBU.
Later, sounded and assessment SBU – made chief Vasyl Hrytsak. He also condemned the creators of “redoubt”, but in very delicate terms, and advised the MPs to go to war in the Donbass instead of blocking the Railways. “Without this coal, we can’t avoid, as far as I know from the officials of the Ministry of environment,” acknowledged hrycak, who was quoted “Еспресо.TV”.
Recall that in mid-June, the head of the DND Alexander Zakharchenko said that DNR sells to Kiev up to 70% of produced in the Republic of coal and ready to continue trading. At the end of August Kyiv announced the termination of the procurement of coal in the Donbass. In mid-December, the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko is again proudly asserted that Ukraine is ready to do without coal with uncontrolled territories in Donbas. However in November the head of the DND Alexander Zakharchenko warned that Ukraine really will not be able to survive this winter without mined in the Donbass coal. “We trade with Ukraine. It is a sore subject (Ukrainian President Petro) Poroshenko, but without our coal Ukraine will not survive. Now they have about two million tonnes of stock, you need 3.5 million They are already physically will not have time to do, they have the means and opportunity, but the logistics do not miss,” – reports the words “Donetsk news Agency”.
Although the supply of coal, which exceeded “the Redoubt Bogdan” is not the only one, Luhansk Governor Yury Garbuz has had openly to admit the truth Zakharchenko. He warned that the embargo has no light may remain not only its territory, but also from other areas of the Center and West of Ukraine. “The action of separate people’s deputies of Ukraine and the former fighters of the volunteer battalions “Donbass” and “Aydar” is a threat to the energy security of the country. Protesters blocked empty wagons designed to transport coal to Ukraine-controlled territory. If the fuel supply is restored, without energy will remain heat and power plant of Central and Western Ukraine”, – quotes Garbuz Dialog.ua.
“Parasyuk began robbing trains”
In an interview with the newspaper LOOK Deputy head of the Ministry “temporarily occupied territories” of Ukraine Georgy Tuka urged law enforcement agencies to stop the “absolutely illegal and inappropriate” blockade. It is difficult to say how the security forces will be able to do it, if not to drive off the tracks by force with immunity of members of Parliament. “Unfortunately, the blockade of the involved deputies, exploiting his immunity. Bring them to some liability is possible only in case, if the Verkhovna Rada will vote to deprive them of immunity,” – admitted the official.
Tuck recalled: now the road is blocked only, which is supplied with coal Schastyinsky thermal power plant, the only source of electricity throughout the region, including Kiev-controlled part, where more than a million people.
Answering the question of the newspaper VIEW about why a year ago, the Kiev authorities have not pursued the same participants of the energy blockade of the Crimea, Tuck urged not to draw Parallels between these events: “Crimea is occupied territory according to international treaties. And some regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, according to the PACE resolution, are “territories under the effective control” of Russia. This different legal status,” explained the Deputy Minister. Why in the first case, to deprive a people of the light, but the second is impossible, he said.
“On the air again ran a variety of clowns to fool people’s heads. Clowns broadcast that the checkpoint veterans on the branch Lugansk – Ukraine has blocked the coal to be happy. And now, they say, everything will freeze”, – said meanwhile Semenchenko in his Facebook, however, is not calling the Tuk name. “These clowns, occupying various positions in the Luhansk region and in Ukraine, still do not know where is Happiness, what are the branches of the coal is imported there and how Happiness differs from red Lyman… This is really a knock in the bottom”, – outraged MP. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that during the three years of the war the Ukrainian boiler rooms are not converted into charcoal other brands, and the fact that the change from coal LC imported coal from Poland and South Africa.
Meanwhile, the “Redoubt Bogdan” has become an occasion for scoffing in the Ukrainian blogosphere. “Parasyuk began robbing trains. Let’s wait for the proclamation from the Sheriff about the reward for his head,” – wrote the journalist, showman Vladimir Petrov in his Facebook.
“The radicals do not care about fellow”
Donetsk blogger, sociologist Denis Seleznyov agreed with Tukeu that the energy crisis now threatens not only the LC, but also North of Luhansk region. “This is where it was kept: the Republic sends back the coal, for Ukraine it does not disconnect LC from the power supply. And the MPs have now decided to disrupt the status quo,” he told the newspaper VIEW.
He recalled that the organizers of the energy blockade of the Crimea in the fall of 2015 is also deprived of electricity along with half the Kherson region. “For them living on the territory of the Luhansk region compatriots, whom they still consider “wool” and “separable”?” – rhetorically asked the blogger. He believes that Ukrainian officials are tired of the insanity of the radicals that caused the Prosecutor’s decision and calls tuks. “Let me remind you that attempts to “collect tribute” from the train, driving to Ukraine, coal of Donbass, became one of the pretexts for criminal prosecution of fighters of the battalion “Tornado”. But in this situation I don’t think MPs will be held accountable. I think in the end they will be reprimanded and agree to and forced to lift the blockade”, – Seleznev predicts.