The Occupational Government of the Crimea Acknowledged: There Are No Tourists. As Usual, Ukraine Is to Blame

 

The so-called acting head of the Crimea Sergey Aksionov admitted that the tourist flow to the peninsula is much lower than “the optimal level.” The head of the occupational government of the Crimea reported this to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. According to Aksionov, the Crimea occupied by Russia, can accept 16-20 thousand tourists daily on various modes of transportation, while the optimal tourist flow has to be several times bigger than the current one.

“We have enough power to accept arrivals so far, between 16 and 20 thousand passengers daily, or at least twice as much if necessary,” reported Aksionov to the Moscow protectors.

According to the head of the Crimean separatists, the issue of logistics and delivery of tourists to the peninsula is “a major one,” as the main mode of transportation for the arrival of the holidaymakers is the railway, using which up to 80% of the tourists used to come – is, as he says, cut off by the Ukrainian side, which cannot agree on routes.

Aksionov also admitted that the holiday bases are not ready to admit tourists. “The nationalised state medical centres are not presented as a ready product, in order to salvage the Crimea’s reputation and not to deceive the tourists,” concluded the main Crimean separatist. On his part, the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promised yet once more that the Moscow government will be seeking solutions to the problem of tourist delivery. “We have to search for additional possibilities to deliver the holidaymakers by railway, sea and aviation tranport,” noted Medvedev.

Source: http://glavcom.ua/news/208650.html

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

Yefremov’s Accounts Blocked for “Financing of Terrorism”

State Financial Monitoring Service has blocked personal accounts of Oleksandr Yefremov, chair of the Party of Regions faction in Rada and head of the Luhansk oblast organization of the Party of Regions. Yefremov reported this during a press conference today, “Luhansk.Commentaries” informs.  Continue reading

Sevastopol students sing Ukrainian anthem while Russian flag is raised – VIDEO

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In Crimea, students of the Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry ignored the anthem and flag of the Russian Federation.

On Friday, March 28, in Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry a ceremony of lowering the national flag of Ukraine and the rise of the flag of Russia was held. During the removal of the national flag of Ukraine a significant portion of the students started singing the national anthem of Ukraine and continued singing it without music after it was hurriedly off soundtrack. During the further procedure of lifting the Russian flag and playing the national anthem of the Russian Federation, dozens of students ostentatiously left the parade ground. Continue reading

Musicians played the EU anthem in airports of six Ukrainian cities – VIDEO

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On March 30 at 13:00, orchestras of six Ukrainian cities (Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk) held simultaneous flashmobs, performing ‘Ode to Joy’, the anthem of the European Union, in the international airports of the respective cities.

According to Mediaport, the event was part of a volunteer project ‘Our common air’ to honor those who died in Kyiv on February 18-20. In honor of the deceased policemenand ‘Heaven’s Hundred’ symphony orchestras of these cities played the anthem of the European Union at the same time.

In Lviv ‘Ode to Joy’ was performed by the Gloria Chamber choir and Academic Symphonic orchestra INSO-Lviv


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Odesa marches for a unified Ukraine with a kilometer-long Ukrainian flag

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More than 10 thousand people have marched against war and for a unified and peaceful Ukraine in Odesa on March 30, 2014. The activists have spread a kilometer-long flag of Ukraine on the famous Derybasivska street and Prymorskiy boulevard! “One, united, unified Ukraine!” was the main slogan of the march. Continue reading

Yatsenyuk: Close Mines, Give Each Miner UAH 80,000 a year

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Prime Minister Yatsenyuk told the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday that out of UAH 13bn of subsidies that are allocated to the coal industry, “the miners get only UAH 3bn; the rest is stolen.”

He quoted an expert, “who has been working in the coal industry all his life”:

“Out of the UAH 13bn which is spent on the so-called subsidy for the coal industry, he believes that UAH 10bn is stolen and only UAH 3bn reaches the miners.” Continue reading

Ordinary fellows from South-East Ukraine: You should not separate us!

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A terricone in Donbas

Hello everyone!

We are not politicians. We are ordinary fellows from miner’s towns of Donbas and urban regions of Kharkiv. Among us there are residents Kherson plains as well as those who see pipes of the Kichkas [city district of Zaporizhzhya] every day.

Lately many people speculate about the South-East regions of Ukraine, creating a myth that this is not Ukrainian land. At the same time, no one really asks the opinion of the residents of the eastern and southern regions.

We disagree with this! We have one Motherland! We are all Ukrainians! We equally value the terricones of Snizhniy [coal mine in Donbas] and the slopes of Dnipro river, we admire both ancient Kerch and the beauty of Svytyaz lake.

You should not separate us! The South-East belongs to Ukraine! Continue reading

A letter from the very Eastern tip of Crimea to mainland Ukraine

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A letter from Kerch [city on the eastern tip of Crimea]:

Dear people of “mainland” Ukraine!

I am a native of Crimea. I will not retell all the events that happened to us during these days. All the more since it is impossible to describe the feelings of hopelessness, confusion, helplessness. But one thing I ‘ll say, rather ask of you. Do not let your friends and relatives say that Crimeans sold out, were bought, or surrendered. That’s not true. We have a lot of people who see the incident as a tragedy, as the crumbling of everything that they believed in and lived by. Talk about that. We have fallen into such a terrible trap, that we can not get out of ourselves. Now we have been given specific conditions: one month to decide what state we want to be a citizen of. One month! After that, no options. And it’s not clear if those who do not want to become a citizen of Russia will have any rights. I dread to think about what will happen with the Crimean Tatars…

When I listen to some people here, whom I’ve known for many years, it seems to me that they have fallen into a mass psychosis. People are literally ready to claw out your eyes if you say that you are for Ukraine. We have already been accused of all sins: fascism, drug abuse, and other diagnoses. I confess that I was not ready for this.

I will not complain. That is not why I am writing. I just want to let you know – we are, we ‘re not giving up, we believe in Ukraine. Please do not fail yourselves and us! I believe that everything that happened on the Maidan was not in vain. At least it has brought us all together against this now.

May the Lord help us all!

Source: a letter posted on the “Украинский Юго-Восток” (Ukrainian South-East) FB community on March 26, 2014

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