Volynko: Does the Government in Kyiv Need Donbas?

Mykola Volynko, president of Independent Union of Donbas Miners, speaking at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center on May 14, 2014.

The ‘separatists’ are starting to force the directors of mines to resign and have been blocking miners from going on their shifts to work. Russia has shut down all but 3 of the 60-something mines in Rostov. “Why do we need you Ukrainians…to bring our wages down even further?” say Russian miners. At the Kalinin mine where they forced the director to resign, they supposedly have had a pay raise and bonuses and people have agreed to work because they have families to feed.

The police are all working hand in glove with the ‘separatists.’ Ukraine is paying them their wages, but they are working for the separatists. So it turns out Ukraine is supporting the separatists? Some miners are ready to strike, but most of them just want to work. But they are being prevented from going to work, and temperatures are rising. The ATO doesn’t seem to be doing anything and the separatists are growing in strength. People are fed up with the chaos and weapons are being handed out by the separatists, positions are being handed out… marauding is on the rise…

My question is this: does the government in Kyiv need the Donbas? We are helpless to influence the situation.

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Donetsk governor Taruta promises to close all illegal coal mines in the course of two months

1394541906-2927-sergey-tarutaDonetsk governor Serhiy Taruta promised to close all illegal coal mines in the course of two months during a meeting held with the heads of Regional State Administrations, as reported by UNIAN

“We have a map of the location of these holes. We know where are all the illegal mines are,” said the governor. He also explained that some of these mini-mines can be legalized. According to him, work in this direction had been carried out before, but it was ineffective because people did not trust the government and continued corrupt underground operations.

“All that wish to work legally will receive the rights to do so. And all illegal mines that will not undergo legalisation will be closed. Within two months we will have put an end to this matter,” said Taruta.

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