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The Miners' Next Step and Donbass news
DPR nationalizes water, energy,
railroad facilities, and banks'
property in liberated areas
Donetsk, May 16th, 8:59am (DAN)
Water supply and drainage, and rail road infrastructure, the property of Ukrainian
banks in the liberated areas and energy
facilities in the DPR, have been
nationalized, in accordance
with the decrees of the
No compensation is provided
to the previous owners.
Rental agreements, ownership rights of legal
entities and natural persons, are rendered
null and void.
Water facilities are transferred to the Voda
Donbassa water company management,
and it will provide its services in the
liberated areas in accordance with
DPR tariffs, and is tasked with
setting up a payment system
in the liberated areas.
Electrical facilities are transferred to Energy of
Donbass, State Main Grid Company, Regional
Energy Supply Company, & Donetsk Railway
on the right of economic management, and
they will provide their services in the
liberated areas, in accordance
with DPR tariffs.
Rail-road facilities... are transferred to Donetsk
Railway on the right of economic management,
and it will provide its services in the liberated
areas in accordance with DPR tariffs.
Property rights of Ukrainian banks in the liberated
areas are terminated, all the valuables in bank
safes, ATMs, vaults, payment terminals are
treated as the property of the Central
Republican Bank. Transactions
on the alienation of property of
Ukrainian banks made after
February 19th, are also
rendered null and void.
The decrees were signed by the Chairman of
the State Defence Committee - Head of the
DPR Denis Pushilin on May 14th and
entered into force from the date of
signing. The documents apply
to relations that arose from
February 19th, 2022.
Of course the song below can inspire if you think you are brave, and know something of suffering... but keep your heart and soul intact... because you are the son or daughter of a miner; yet the film above will inspire you and touch you and help you understand so much more.
The Miners' NextStep
In 1912 - this year that will be 110 years ago - some of the best minds in Wales met and produced a pamphlet:- 'The Miners' Next Step' to guide miners to a better world, so working people can build a future without parasites or back-stabbers, or bosses, or short-sighted greed.
Just like the people of Donbass, who, before Russia's revolution, lived in the Free Lands and worked to build their world... with love.
Their vision became - unfairly, in my opinion - labelled as anarcho-syndicalism..... so was discounted as a way forward by socialists in Wales and the U.K.
Yet their analysis is as relevant today, as ever, on questions like true democracy and leadership.
Their pamphlet can be accessed online, and I would urge you to read it! If you want to create a fab future for your loved ones..
P.S. hope you like the song!
The people of Donbass (pictured) are united and organised..
The Donbass and Wales and The Miners' Next Step
The people of Donbass run their own army, police and civil
affairs, and run a successful economy, based on soviet style factory and mine local democracy --- so they decide how their buildings and parks, facilities and arts and crafts, fulfill their needs and values.
Because the Kiev government - brought into being by US money and the Maiden violent insurrection and coup - helped to power, extreme nationalist forces.. the rest of Ukraine is trapped and being stripped of its material wealth.
Local oligarchs, bowing to a West desperate to keep its old role, as ''the chosen ones'' - plus a group of psychotic 'US 'neo-cons'', who genuinely welcome a ''decider'' world war, now run things in Ukraine. Millions of Ukrainians are leaving the country... as prices rise and their economy is stripped, and the war on the Donbass, backed by US-led NATO, is an open sore.
All in the middle of a pandemic and the Earth being poisoned against humanity... well!
And the miners of Wales who met in 1912, planned.. then explained... how to work and achieve a better life, by realising the dreams of the vast majority.
Their solution was to use the power of organisation, to create wealth.
They, at that time, planned to havethe local lodges use their organisational
skills.. to set up many businesses...
but any organisation can, right now, call on a number of volunteers to gladly work an hour a month... and many will be happy to do more. From each, according to their ability and to each, according to their need.
That's the spirit.
It's simple... and the only way to achieve a beautiful world, is bit by bit, until it's done.
If three people or a few hundred give one hour a month... then an affordable child nursery for working parents, or a centre to entertain the children after school, are all possible.
No-one has to fight against anyone, or rob or borrow money, as people will volunteer, either their time, gifts, or money, to a cause which benefits all in your community.
Love will grow even stronger in your community.
The better place everyone wants, will grow slowly, in peace, like a baby grows in the womb.
That's the miners' Next Step 2.
* * * * * * * * *
This does not mean, by the way, that public ownership is a bad thing, but that creative thinking is necessary.
We have seen how nationalised industries lack democratic accountability, and can be used badly, by both Labour & Tory governments --- as milk cows by the private sector, or to massage the unemployment figures.
And time and time again, after the public has paid for investments, to make them profitable... they are ''re-privatised''.
There are alternatives to the old failed model of public ownership, as seen in this country. Worker co-ops, Foundations, even charity status... could be tried.
There's nothing especially socialist, about nationalisation - Tories, even fascists use it, when private ownership has failed..
It's successful public ownership and control... that brings real lasting benefits, that's what we want!
The 'National Coal Board' closed more collieries down, than even Thatcher!
Many many thanks to Richard Gould, a true genius, who has his own group, yet gave up his time to generate the music.
Also to Ceri of Big Pit, who might not necessarily have agreed with the politics, but was so generous with his time and photos.
And to the Clydach Vale lake and cafe, which is the best nearby example of what is possible!
And last, but definitely not least, a massive thank you to Becs... who has the smile to warm the world - and the guts and generosity - to appear on video.
DPR Post issues stamps featuring
Welsh engineer John Hughes,
founder of Donetsk
April 2nd, 2021 at 2:28pm
(DAN news agency)
The DPR's State Post has issued a postal stamp featuring
John James Hughes, a Welsh engineer, businessman and
founder of the city of Donetsk.
The stamp is decorated with Donetsk coat-of-arms and
Hughes portrait. The stamp can be used for registered
letters with receipt up to 20 gr, in accordance with the
current fee rate of 44 rubles.
The number of copies issued is 30,024.
The envelope for the new stamp features pictograms
representing industrial objects and clippings of
Donbass geological map.
Hughes moved to the Russian Empire, in the summer of 1870,
at the age of 55, as Millwall Iron Works Company received an
order, from the Imperial Russian Government, for the plating
of a naval fortress being built at Kronstadt on the Baltic Sea.
He immediately started to build metal works close to the
river Kalmius, at a site near the village of Alexandrovka.
Over the next twenty years, the works prospered and expanded, first under John Hughes and then, after his death, in 1889, under the management of four of his sons.
John Hughes died on June 17th, in 1889, during a business trip to St Petersburg.
According to some sources, Hughes taught himself to write, and could only read capital letters.
DPR issues stamps
devoted to Donbass
March 24th, 9:27am (DAN)
The Donbass Post state-owned unitary
enterprise has issued three stamps
devoted to the special operation to
defend Donbass, the company
press service said Thursday.
The print run of the strip and each stamp is
4,000. The #Za Pobedu strip costs 118
rubles. The envelope has a print run of
2,500 with the price of the first day
cover at 30 rubles.
Different perforations were used in stamp
printing - for the first time - the press
service told Donetsk News Agency.
The other side of the envelope features a
quote from Russian President Vladimir
Putin’s address to the nation.
“We are having a rush for the stamps and the
envelope. A third of the print run has already
been booked,” a press service employee said.
DPR Post issues postal card
on the October Socialist
November 1st, 4:28pm (DAN)
DPR State Post issued post cards with an
original stamp, for the Day of the Great
October Socialist Revolution.
"The "Soviet Holidays" series... is supplemented
with a postal card commemorating one of the
greatest holidays of the Soviet state. Postal
cards with the "Great October Socialist
Revolution" stamps... were issued on
November 3rd, 2021," the Post said.
Cards are available at the Post shop, at 72 Artyoma Street, Donetsk.
The October Revolution was a revolution in Russia
led by the Bolshevik Party of Vladimir Lenin.
November 7th, 2021 marked the 104th
anniversary... of the uprising in
Petrograd (St Petersburg).
The following day, the Winter Palace (the seat of the
Provisional government located in Petrograd, then
capital of Russia) was captured. This coup, is
considered to have started the creation of the state known as... the Soviet Union.
Donbass Post issues its first
stamp featuring metal & coal
Donetsk, October 25th, 11:03am (DAN)
DPR State Post has issued a metal stamp,
for the first time ever, featuring samples
of coal: to commemorate the 300th
anniversary of the discovery of
coal deposits in Donbass.
"We are extremely proud to present our new
"stamp in metal" - an installation combining
the real rock and metal," the press statement issued by the Post, says.
The stamp is made of brass, it is
30 mm in diameter, its weight,
is 17 grams.
The installation is decorated with
a guiding star, and mining tools.
The first-day-envelope, with a black-and-
gold lining is also available for purchase.
The price of the commemorative sign is
900 rubles, the envelope in a frame
costs 1,000 rubles, at the store at 72, Artyoma street.
Four Mariupol bus routes back
in operation, mayor says
May 14th, 10:35pm DAN.
Four bus routes have been launched in liberated
Mariupol, local mayor Konstantin Ivaschenko
"We have already launched four bus routes,
and are working to relaunch trolleys and
trams," he said.
Electrical public transport is also to make
a return soon, Ivaschenko added.
The first bus route was put back into operation
on May 4th, after the city had been liberated.
Mariupol is the largest city on the coast of the Sea
of Azov, one of the key centres of metallurgy in
Donbass and a major seaport. The battle for
the city began on February 25th.
Currently, Mariupol has been liberated, the remaining
Azov militants are blocked at the Azov Steel works.
supplies water to
Mariupol - mayor
Donetsk, May 12th, 11:38am (DAN)
The Starokrymsky reservoir has begun to supply water to Mariupol, in the test mode, city mayor Konstantin Ivaschenko told the Donetsk News Agency, on Thursday.
“We’ve already begun to supply water from the
Starokrymsky reservoir,” Ivaschenko said.
“We’re testing residential areas' water
mains... for leaks.”
The Starokrymsky Water Treatment Plant has
been reconnected to the power grid which
actually launched the electricity supply
to the city, he added.
A lack of centralized water supply is currently one of
the most acute city problems. During the fighting in
the city residents used heating radiators, fire plugs
and even drainage, to get water. The situation
improved, after the liberation of the larger
part of the city. Water delivery has been
arranged for the population, since.
Several dozen tons of water are
delivered to Mariupol, daily.
Mariupol is the largest city on the Sea of Azov coast,
a key Donbass metallurgy centre, and a seaport.
Clashes for Mariupol began, on February 25th;
the city was fully blocked in the course of the
fighting and then cleared of the invaders. At
present, the surviving gunmen of the neo-
Nazi “Azov” formation (the organization
banned in the DPR) are blocked in the
Azovstal plant industrial zone.
Pushilin:DPR becomes symbol of
historical justice and resilience
of Russian spirit
Donetsk, May 11th 8:48am (DAN)
According to the leader of the country... the
people of the Republic show an example of ...how to protect their land, values, truth,
and future and demonstrate an example
of mass heroism and integrity.
''Today, a new stage in our life is the liberation of
the territory of the DPR within its constitutional
boundaries. Like the entire history of our state,
this stage --- is not easy. But the Republic was
born to win, and we will achieve our goals.''
''A peaceful future, lies ahead of us. Together with
Russia, we will restore what has been destroyed,
and make our land even better,” the Head said,
wishing happiness and prosperity to all
the residents of the Republic.
The DPR, 8 years ago, held a referendum on the region’s self-determination. More than 75 percent of the region’s residents attended the plebiscite.
Almost 90 percent of voters -- voted in favour of Donbass sovereignty.
Volnovakha bread plant
May 6th, 4:53pm (DAN)
Volnovakha bread plant has resumed operation
after the military action in the town, DAN
One production line has been relaunched,
it is working in one shift, baking 5,000
pieces of bread per day.
The plant says this production rate is
sufficient to meet the needs of the
town and neighbouring areas.
The plant has been badly damaged during the
military action, its laboratory, small-pieces
confectionery shop, cutting and packing
shop, warehouse, boiler house and
administrative buildings have
The Volnovakha bakery was established in 1969,
it employed 270 workers. Before the conflict, it
produced 16,5-18 tons of bakery products
daily, offering 150 types of bakery.
Olga Makeyeva -- appointed
and Plenipotentiary of
DPR in Russia
May 6th, 3:04pm (DAN)
The DPR has appointed Olga Makeyeva as
the Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary in Russia.
The respective decree No. 182 was
signed by the DPR Head Denis
Pushilin on Friday.
Olga Makeyeva is a deputy of the DPR
Parliament of the I & II convocations.
She was elected the Vice Speaker
in October 2015.
On February 21st, Russian President Vladimir
Putin signed decrees recognizing the
Donetsk and Lugansk People's
Treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual
assistance were concluded with each of the
At the same time, Putin instructed the Foreign Ministry, to negotiate with Donetsk and
Lugansk, on the establishment
of diplomatic relations.
DPR launches first road police
department in Mariupol
May 5th, 5:18pm (DAN)
The Donetsk People’s Republic has opened its first
road police department in Mariupol, the DPR
Interior Ministry press service reported
“In Mariupol, a road police department at 16 Makar
Mazai Street has begun operation. It provides legal
support to drivers, consults residents of liberated
areas on vehicle operation and helps with car
registration,” the Interior Ministry said.
The Mariupol road police department tasks include
traffic safety in the city, assistance to drivers,
accompanying humanitarian aid convoys
and population outreach.
“In case of road accidents and the need for urgent
help or other contingencies, drivers can use
round-the-clock hotline 071-526-92-18,”
Earlier reports said that DPR had opened police
departments in city districts and suburbs.
Mariupol is the largest city on the Sea of Azov coast, a
key Donbass metallurgy centre and seaport. Clashes
for Mariupol began on February 25th; the city was
fully blocked in the course of the fighting and
then cleared of the invaders. At present, the
surviving gunmen of the neo-Nazi “Azov”
formation (the organization is banned in
the DPR) are blocked in the Azovstal
plant industrial zone.
Normal life will be restored
in Mariupol – Denis Pushylin
May 5th 8:54am
The residents of Mariupol are asking a lot of questions.
They are especially interested in whether the city will
be restored, when children will go to school and how
their recreation will be organised.
Both First Deputy Head of the Presidential
Administration, Sergei Kiriyenko, and
Secretary of the General Council of
the United Russia party, Andrey
Turchak, assured... that the
residents of this long-
suffering city will not
be left alone with
“The city will definitely be rebuilt – the whole of Russia
will come to the rescue. In summer children will have
a rest in health resorts of the Russian Federation,
including Crimean resorts. In the meantime, they
received an ABC book of Donbas as a gift and
vied with each other for their questions.
These children should never know
the horrors of war again”, – said
Denis Pushylin, head of the DPR.
Donetsk begins to trade with
territory - Pushilin
Mariupol, April 28th, 6:02pm (DAN)
Trade and economic relations... are already in effect, between the Donetsk People’s Republic and Ukrainian areas controlled by the Russian
armed forces, DPR Head, Denis Pushilin, told
journalists, during his visit to Mariupol on Thursday.
“This work(trade & economic relations with
Ukrainian areas controlled by the Russian
army - eds Donetsk News Agency)... is
already underway; product exchange
is already running in the test mode;
the DPR ships products to those
destinations and they supply
their products here,”
The DPR will step up this work. “Of course Kherson vegetables and water melons
will be supplied to the DPR,” he said.
On Thursday... the DPR leader made a working
trip to Mariupol. He visited the seaport, talked
with its personnel.. & inspected port facilities
and ships berthed there. He also visited the
“United Russia” humanitarian aid centre
in the Ecomarket area.
Earlier, the DPR/LPR United Economic Council
permitted economic entities from the Kharkov,
Kherson & Zaporozhye regions to ship goods
purchased from Russian residents, via the
Donbass Republics customs space.
These goods cannot be sold in the
Republics.. and have to leave the
DPR/LPR customs space within
five working days... after
registration. The transit
right does not apply to
alcohol and tobacco.
DPR to dispatch first
merchant vessel from
Mariupol port in May
Mariupol, April 28th, 4:58pm (DAN)
Donetsk People’s Republic authorities, plan to
dispatch the first cargo ship from the Mariupol
seaport in May, DPR Head Denis Pushilin said
during his visit to the seaport on Thursday.
“As for the seaport where we’re currently
staying, it’s an important transport hub
which will be in use,” Pushilin said.
“We plan to dispatch the first
shipment, so the cargo will
go to a destination in May.”
He said that inventorying is currently
underway at the port, and that the
necessary regulations are being
drawn, for the full-fledged
operation of the facility.
On Thursday, the DPR leader travelled to
Mariupol. He visited the seaport, talked
with its personnel, inspected facilities
and ships berthed at the port.
A large number of administrative buildings
were damaged, but other infrastructure
such as cranes, piers, railways,
reservoirs, vessels etc, are
largely functional. Pushilin
said that war-damaged
will be restored.
More than 100 agricultural
enterprises from liberated
areas register in DPR
Donetsk, April 27th, 11:39am (DAN)
One hundred and nine enterprises of the
agricultural industry located in liberated
territories of the DPR, have now been
officially registered as Republican
entities, the Ministry of Agro-
Industrial Policy and
The vast majority of enterprises, about 88%,
specialize in crop production, namely the
cultivation of cereals, legumes, oilseeds, melons, vegetables, root crops and tubers.
Approximately 6% specialize in essential
products, in particular bread and bakery
products. There are also enterprises
producing butter and animal fats,
soft drinks and mineral waters.
In addition, about 4% of enterprises are
engaged in animal husbandry: breeding
sheep and goats, pigs and poultry.
As reported earlier, DPR farmers sowed
about 3,000 hectares of liberated land
with barley and peas.
DPR files case against neo-Nazi Biletsky
who threatened missile strike at
Donetsk, April 26th, 7:31pm (DAN)
The Donetsk People’s Republic Prosecutor
General’s Office has instituted criminal
proceedings against Andrey Biletsky,
one of the leaders of Ukrainian neo-
Nazis who founded the “Azov” group
(banned in the DPR), the PGO press
service reported on Tuesday.
“Prosecutors found out that on April 22nd, 2022,
Andrey Biletsky, in an interview with Ukraine’s
NTA television channel, called for extremist
actions, i.e. particularly serious crimes
such as ethnically-motivated hate
murders,” the press service said.
In the interview, Biletsky commented on the
plan of the liberated Mariupol’s authorities
to organize an Immortal Regiment march
in the city on May the 9th.
The neo-Nazi leader threatened a missile strike
at the participants of the march, saying that
Ukrainian armed formations were capable
of “delivering an adequate and powerful
answer” using Tochka-U
The PGO said that Biletsky’s actions are
covered by a DPR Criminal Code Article
325, Part 2 (public calls for extremism
made with the use of mass media).
The article carries a maximum
penalty of five years in prison.
Mariupol is the largest city on the Sea of Azov
coast, a key Donbass metallurgy centre and
seaport. Clashes for Mariupol began on
February 25th; the city was fully
blocked in the course of the
fighting and then cleared
of the invaders.
At present, the surviving gunmen are blocked in the Azovstal plant industrial zone.
Andrey Biletsky, is the founder and
a commander of the “Azov” armed
group, head of the National Corps
neo-Nazi Party. He took part in
the punitive operation against
Donbass - and repeatedly
issued barbaric orders
- to deliver strikes at
peaceful towns in
In 2019, he suggested using the Israeli
experience on the DPR and LPR: give
up the measures on a peaceful
settlement of the conflict,
return Ukrainian troops
to positions, shut down
the checkpoints and
stop any water and
to the Donbass
DPR to nationalize
April 25th, 8:16pm (DAN)
The DPR authorities are to nationalise
unfinished buildings --- unless their
owners make themselves known
and register the objects under
construction, the State
Decision no.27, published today on the DPR
Head's official website, tasks the Ministry
of Construction with endorsing a registry
and applicable procedures & documents
within 2 days to account for unfinished
buildings and register them.
Local authorities are to attribute
addresses to such objects in
the case that it has not
been previously done.
The document applies to specially designated
land plots where construction started before
May the 14th, 2014, in accordance with
construction permits and, as of the
date of entry into force of this
document, the procedure for
accepting such facilities in to operation has not been
carried out, or has not
This decision does not apply to individual
residential, garden and country houses,
household buildings and structures,
or extensions to them.
Unfinished buildings must be declared by
the owners within the next 14 days, and
registered by the relevant authority
within five days from the date of
filing in the application.
Social tensions decreasing
in Mariupol - mayor
Donetsk, April 21st, 12:58pm (DAN)
Mariupol administration head Konstantin
Ivaschenko said that social tensions
were gradually decreasing in the
liberated city areas thanks to
relief supplies delivered
“We’ve set up eleven centres, that provide
assistance to the population, and five or
6 more such centres will appear in new
liberated areas,” Ivaschenko told the
Donetsk News Agency. "Social
tensions where these centres
operate, have slightly...
“We handed out up to 7,000 food kits per person
on certain days in the “Metro” area (former
shopping mall, which accommodates the
humanitarian aid centre sponsored by
the “United Russia” Party - eds
Donetsk News Agency)”... he
said - adding that more than
ten mobile volunteer groups
work in the city. They pass
foodstuffs to residents in
the most deprived and
“Some said that volunteers from Ukraine and
Baltic states bring relief supplies here... No,
don’t believe anyone; there is no such thing.
Only humanitarian missions from Russia
and the Donetsk People’s Republic
work here,” Ivaschenko said.
Mariupol is the largest city on the Sea of Azov
coast, a key Donbass metallurgy centre and
seaport. Clashes for Mariupol began...... on
February 25th; the city was fully blocked
in the course of the fighting.
The mopping up operation against the Ukrainian gunmen in the city, is nearing completion.
On March the 31st, the DPR Head, Denis Pushilin,
ordered to set up the Mariupol administration. He appointed former Mariupol City Council
deputy, Konstantin Ivaschenko, as its head, on April the 6th.
DPR academic year
in schools extended
until July the 1st
April 20th, 6:53pm (DAN)
DPR has extended the academic year in
schools until July 1st, the First Deputy
Minister of Education, Lyubov
"Studies will continue until July the 1st, unless
otherwise indicated. I hope scholl children will
be able to cover the academic programme by
that time," she said.
Earlier this week, the first school in Mariupol
resumed its work. It currently provides
education to 600 children, and
employs 40 teachers.
Normally, the school year
finishes in late May.
Pushilin announces works
to restore water supply in
Mariupol next week
April 20th, 3:58pm (DAN)
The restoration of Mariupol water supply is
scheduled to begin in a week, the DPR
Head, Denis Pushilin said.
"Currently, demining efforts are ongoing;
everything is impeded by the (lack of)
power supply. When we connect
Mariupol -- the water treatment
plant in particular, to the grid,
we will be able to pump
water --- from the
''The perspectives of water supplies are
even brighter than in Donetsk," he said.
The demining is expected to end in a week,
after that, the works to restore the water
supply, are to begin.
Today, Pushilin visited Mariupol, accompanied
by the secretary of the United Russia General
Council Andrey Turchak.
They visited the school No.53, the first
one in the city to resume work.
in liberated areas
improving – DPR
Donetsk, April 19th, 7:27pm (DAN)
The humanitarian situation in the settlements
liberated from the Ukrainian army is visibly
improving, Donetsk People’s Republic
ombudswoman, Darya Morozova,
told the Donetsk News Agency.
“Every time we visit them, we see towns and
settlements in liberated areas revive, as
people come out into the street, to get
humanitarian aid. Water delivery has
been arranged there, and welfare,
medical and education centres
are operating, etc,”
“So --- people see that the situation is changing
for the better and that work proceeds by leaps
and bounds. All ministries and departments
are operating; they’re doing a tremendous
job. Of course, one would like to do it
faster, but I believe that they’ve
already done an excellent job."
“All the heads of the ministries and departments
do their best. I see that all executives including
the head of the Republic are completely
dedicated to their state and people.
If things keep running in this vein,
we’ll rebuild all our state in the
near future,” she said.
Seven hospitals in liberated areas
apply for registration in DPR
Donetsk, April 15th, 9:49am (DAN)
Seven medical institutions.. in the liberated
DPR territories, have begun the registration
procedure in the legal field of the Republic,
the press service of the Ministry of Health
“Employment in healthcare institutions and
payment of wages is possible after the re-registration of institutions in the
Donetsk People's Republic and
the issuance of the relevant
documents. The process... of registration of 7 health
care institutions, has
already begun,” the
The hospitals in question are located in Volnovakha, Volodarskiy and Mangush.
Volnovakha registry office
issues its first DPR
Donetsk, April 13th, 9:51am (DAN)
The Volnovakha registry office has issued
its first DPR birth certificates, the DPR
Ministry of Justice said.
"The first DPR birth certificates have been issued
by the Volnovakha registry office of the DPR
Ministry of Justice," the report reads.
Four newborns in Volnovakha have been
registered as born in the DPR.
The Volnovakha registry office opened
on March 22nd, soon after the city was
liberated from the Ukrainian militants.
It issues birth and death certificates,
provides consultations on registry
services not only for Volnovakha
residents, but also for the
More than 500,000 DPR residents
lack water, hot meals, essential
services - Emergencies Ministry
April 12th, 10:09am (DAN)
Fighting has left more than 500,000 people in the Donetsk People’s Republic without
water, heat and gas supply, hot meals
and communications, the DPR
Emergencies Ministry press
service reported, Tuesday.
“More than 500,000 residents are living without
water supply, hot meals, heat or gas supply,
fixed line or mobile communications and
the Internet,” the report said.
Retreating Ukrainian armed formations partially
destroyed houses, social infrastructure and
bridges on local roads between
settlements, the press
Artyom becomes most
popular male name
April 11th, 3:33pm (DAN)
The Ministry of Justice of the DPR presented a
list of the most popular names for newborns
for the first quarter of this year.
The Department of Civil Registry of the
Department of State Registration of the
Ministry of Justice of the DPR reported
that in the first quarter of 2022, during
the state registration of birth --- the
most popular boy names --- were:
Artyom, Daniil, Maxim, Alexander,
Matvey, Vladimir, Ivan, Kirill, and
whereas Sofia, Milana, Anna, Eva,
Maria, Alisa, Veronika, Arina,
Ksenia, and Victoria, were
the girls most popular
names.. the report
In the third quarter of last year, the following
names were popular: Alexander, Artem,
Maxim, Mikhail, Matvey, Kirill, Dmitry,
Sofia, Maria, Milana, Eva, Ksenia,
Anastasia, Polina, and Victoria.
Artyom has a special place in the history of
Donetsk. Comrade Artyom (Fyodor Sergeyev)
was a prominent revolutionary at the start
of the 20th century --- and the founder of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic.
Cities, mines and even an island were named
after him in Soviet times. The main street of
Donetsk is called Artyoma Street, and the
monument to the revolutionary is
located in the city centre.
In occupied Artyomovsk, the monument to
Sergeyev was demolished - as part of the
so-called law on the "decommunization"
of Ukraine in 2015, and a year later the
city was renamed to Bakhmut.
Schools in the liberated
territories switch to
April 10th, 3:04pm
The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that
new textbooks and literature are already
being delivered to the educational
institutions, as the books
available in the school
The information in these textbooks is prepared
quite professionally, on grant money with the
participation of the Soros Foundation and
“We will deal with this separately, and
the General Prosecutor’s Office and
the Investigative Committee have
already become involved. In the
sense that Nazism was written
about for children with money
from foreign organizations”, – the leader of the
Earlier, Denis Pushilin ruled out the possibility
of a full-scale offensive by the AFU in Donbas.
United Russia leads humanitarian
action in Donbass --- as it
contributes 65% of aid
Donetsk, April 8th, 10:32am (DAN)
More than 6,500 tons of humanitarian aid have
been delivered to the DPR by the Russian
political party, United Russia, since the
start of the operation to demilitarize
and denazify Ukraine, Andrei
Turchak, Secretary of
the General Council
of United Russia,
“Statistics show that at the moment (United
Russia has delivered) about 65% of all
humanitarian aid in the DPR as part
of the humanitarian convoys of the
Ministry of Emergencies, because
we send in the aid collected by
regional offices countrywide,
as of today, it is more than
6.5 thousand tons,”
He added that the aid includes
food, personal hygiene items,
“In fact, our central warehouse in Rostov-on-
Don is chock-full. That is, the aid keeps
coming and coming in. As the convoys
arrive, we bring it in to Donbass,”
People’s Frontto open
missions in DPR, LPR
Donetsk, April 7th, 1:15pm (DAN)
The All-Russia People’s Front (ONF) plans to
open permanent missions in the Donetsk
and Lugansk People’s Republics.
A humanitarian aid distribution centre will be
set up in Donetsk; earlier... the ONF opened
one in Lugansk, ONF Executive Committee
Chairman, Mikhail Kuznetsov, told the
Donetsk News Agency.
“We decided to open People’s Front missions in
the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics
on the same day when Russia recognized
the independence of the Donbass states,”
Kuznetsov said. “On April 6th we opened
a warehouse... and a humanitarian aid
distribution centre in Lugansk. We’ll
open a similar centre in Donetsk in
the near future.. and then we’ll
register the ONF permanent
missions... in accordance
with DPR and LPR laws.”
The organisation’s current priority is to help
residents of the Donbass Republics. “Our
task is to help people in the DPR and the
LPR; because we’re one people and
don’t leave our own behind,”
“As recently as March 20th, we were the first to
deliver humanitarian cargo to Mariupol, jointly
with the all-Russian Student Rescue Corps
& the Emergency Situations Ministry and
handed out food kits... on Shevchenko
Avenue,” the ONF representative said.
The All-Russia People’s Front is a social
movement established in 2011 at the
initiative of Russian President
Its objective is to consolidate political and
public forces to resolve priority tasks of
The ONF... controls the implementation of
the decrees & instructions of the Russian
president, fights corruption, squandering
...and ineffective government spending,
helps improve standards of living and
protects citizens’ rights.
Earlier, the ONF, together with the Donetsk Republic social movement organized a
New Year program ------ with gifts for
children from DPR frontline areas
and wounded children.
Ministry of Construction draws
plans to build new housing
in Mariupol, Volnovakha
April 6th, 1:46pm (DAN)
Experts of relevant ministries and agencies of
the DPR have developed projects of new multi
-storey buildings in Mariupol and Volnovakha,
Ruslan Teryaev, head of the Construction
Industry Development Department of the
Ministry of Construction, Housing, and
Communal Services, said... following a
meeting at the Ministry of Construction.
“A meeting of representatives of various
relevant and municipal departments has
been held regarding the possibility of
building new houses in the liberated
territories. So far, we are talking only
about Volnovakha and Mariupol,"
“During the discussion, a number of
proposals for further work were
At the meeting, the heads of the Design
Institute, & water, heat & gas supplying enterprises, and land management...
considered possible sites for the
construction, discussed issues
of connecting new buildings
“In the near future, all participants will submit
their proposals on options for providing
communications to ensure an
process,” Teryaev said.
Earlier, DPR Head Denis Pushilin announced his
intention to build a new residential area in the
liberated Volnovakha, where 85% of the
housing was destroyed by shelling.
Fighting continues in Mariupol, and the
destruction there is also significant.
The Ministry of Construction has already
begun assessing the buildings and
structures of the seaside city,
for their restoration.
DPR launches Mariupol
Donetsk, April 5th, 10:41am (DAN)
Donetsk People’s Republic specialists have
begun to examine residential buildings and
social infrastructure facilities in Maripul to
assess the possibility of their rebuilding,
the DPR Construction and Housing and
Utilities Ministry press service told the
Donetsk News Agency, on Tuesday.
“Our specialists have already begun to examine
damaged facilities in Mariupol in DPR-controlled
areas,” the press service said.
“Physical damage estimates, are not ready yet,
but we already have an idea of the situation in
the city,” a press service representative said.
She added that Ministry officials were meeting
... later today, to discuss Mariupol rebuilding.
Earlier, DPR Head Denis Pushilin said that
Mariupol would be fully rebuilt after the
liberation from Ukrainian invaders.
Mariupol, the largest city on the Sea of Azov
coast, is a key Donbass metallurgy centre
and seaport. Clashes for Mariupol began
on February 25th; it was fully blocked in
the course of the fighting. The mopping
up operation against the Nazis... is
Various well-informed sources reported that the
DPR controls more than 90 percent of the city.
On March 31st, the DPR Head, Denis Pushilin,
ordered to set up the Mariupol administration.
Italian musician --- to film
documentary for Europeans
on Kiev crimes in Donbass
April 4th, 1:03pm (DAN)
Italian activists are to film a documentary
about the residents of the liberated cities
of Volnovakha and Mariupol, said David
Cacchione, the leader of an Italian
antifascist band Banda Bassotti.
“We have visited Volnovakha and Mariupol,
talked to the locals --- who survived all the
horrors of the war, Ukrainian atrocities.
We must show the film in Europe so
that everyone can see... the truth
about what is happening, about
what Ukraine has done,”
He added that the film will be based on the
stories of local residents, the crimes of
Kyiv against civilians, as well as the
restoration of a peaceful life in the
liberated areas by the authorities
of the DPR.
“To us --- everything that is happening here
is the struggle of Donbass against Ukraine. Unfortunately, Europe does not realize that
fascism rules in Ukraine now, we can see
it here, nationalist battalions "Donbass"
and "Aidar" are an example. They
exterminate -- the population of
Donbass. Since we understand
that the war started here in
2014, we understand what
Russia is doing now. It is
ending this war,” said
Francesco Sabuzi, a
co-organizer... of the
project - joining more
than 50 people from
They are delivering humanitarian
aid to Donbass on a regular basis.
Banda Bassotti is an Italian ska-punk band
formed in 1987 in Rome, Italy. Their songs
are generally political in nature, focusing
on anti-Fascist issues. They perform in
Italian, Spanish, English, Japanese,
Basque, Yiddish and Russian.
DPR begins first sowing campaign
in liberated farm lands of Mariupol
April 4th, 12:18pm (DAN)
The sowing of early spring cereals began in
the area of the village of Volodarskoye to
the north-west of Mariupol, the DPR
Ministry of Agricultural Policy and
“In the liberated Volodarskoye district, the
sowing campaign of early grain crops has
begun as local farmers have started
sowing spring barley,” the report said.
This is the first liberated area to begin a
sowing campaign, the Ministry told DAN.
Earlier, the DPR Head visited the Sartana village
north-est of Mariupol and raised the issues of
farm lands demining and the supply of
In late March, sowing of early spring cereals
and legumes, as well as industrial crops,
began in the Republic. Spring wheat,
barley, oats, peas and corn are to be sown on an area of 74.7 thousand hectares,
and flax.. take 56.9
Ukronazis take away
aid from civilians
April 3rd, at 11:15am
Social networks are reporting that fighters
of nationalist battalions are taking away
humanitarian aid from civilians in the
temporarily controlled territories
It is reported that people even under fire
come to the part of the city where the
humanitarian aid convoy will be
Afterwards, representatives of the National
Security Forces arrive there with guns in
their hands, and they prohibit them from
receiving humanitarian aid – they take
it for themselves.
And this is not an isolated case, as we know from the people who are there now.
DPR to revise Development
Programme-2025 to include
needs of liberated territories
Donetsk, April 1st, 12:55pm (DAN)
The restoration and development of the
liberated territories will be taken into
account in the program of socio-
economic development of the
DPR for 2022-2024, Minister
of Economic Development,
''As for the target indicators of the socio- economic development plan, they were
drawn up for the territory of the DPR
without taking into account ... the
liberated territories, respectively.''
''The current situation, requires adjustments. The nvestment programs will be reviewed
in all areas of infrastructure, in terms of taking into account.. the need to solve problems in the liberated territories,''
''In particular, roads and rail capital investment
plans will be revised, as well as investments
in water supply and in treatment systems,
repairs of residential & social facilities,
the restructuring of coal enterprises,
of power generation and supply to
customers, & communications.''
Today, the top priority, according to the
minister, is the liberation of the entire
territory of the Republic and the
assessment of the remaining
''In the near future, the issues of registration of
business entities should be resolved, and
later... the focus will be on finding the
resources to restore and build new
industrial ties,'' Polovyan said.
The socio-economic development program was adopted... in September 2022. It includes raising wages and pensions creating tens of thousands of jobs, business support measures, and infrastructure development.
Water supply problem
- Donetsk mayor
March 30th, 10:17am (DAN)
The water supply situation in the Donetsk
People’s Republic capital is catastrophic,
city administration head Alexey Kulemzin
said in his address to the local population.
The Seversky Donets - Donbass canal is the
main water supply source for Donetsk.
Strikes by Ukrainian armed formations
caused power outages at the key
water supply facilities including
Yuzhnodobassky Duct’s 1st
level pumping station.
Water has been supplied to the city from a
backup reservoir since; several Donetsk
districts have been cut off from water
supply since early March.
“Dramatic shortages prompted the authorities
to reduce water supply but this did not solve
the problem. The water reserve will be
depleted within two weeks. On March
30th --- the city will turn off central
heating. It is a forced measure, to
save the water which is daily fed
to heat distribution networks,”
the city mayor said.
Earlier, the Yasinovataya mayor
announced a similar measure.
On Monday, the authorities decided to reduce
water supply to two hours every other day.
Earlier, they turned off hot water
for customers to economize.
DPR plans to build ducts
for alternative water
March 29th, 12:59pm (DAN)
Donetsk’s main water reservoir has become
shallow and can only be used for slightly
more than a month, Donetsk People’s
Republic Emergencies Minister
Alexey Kostrubitsky said
“The water supply situation is difficult; a
decision has been made to reduce the
water supply. In Donetsk, water will be
supplied for two hours within a 48-hour
period; this schedule will enable the
reservoir to last for 35 to 40 days;
otherwise the city will run out of
water in two weeks,” Kostrubitsky
said on Russia 24 news channel.
“During this time, we plan to build
supply lines from alternative
The Seversky Donets - Donbass canal is de-
energised through Ukraine’s fault and DPR
specialists have no opportunity to carry
out repairs, he added.
The DPR began to have water supply problems
after Ukrainian forces delivered strikes at key
water supply facilities. The Republic
suspended or reduced water supply
in a number of settlements. For
example, water is supplied
from 19:00 to 21:00 every
other day in Donetsk and
from 18:00 to 21:00
every three days
Forty liberated townships
included in DPR
February 28th, 9:49am (DAN)
The DPR Head Denis Pushilin has included
the next 40 townships into the Republican
civil administrations' responsibility zones.
The decree No.106 has been published
today on Pushilin's website.
The townships of Malovidnoye, Bakhchevik,
Druzhnoye, Obilnoye, Zaporozhskoye, are
included in the zone of influence and the
responsibility of Telmanovsky district.
Also, the villages of Kirovskoye, Privolnoye,
and Polkovoye and Vesyeloye, were
temporarily subordinated to this
The city of Ugledar, as well as the villages of
Taramchuk, Slavnoye, Stepnoye, Sladkoye,
Urozhainoye, Zolotaya Niva, Prechistovka, Pavlovka, and Novomayorskoye, are
temporarily included in the area of
responsibility of the Donetsk
The settlements of Aslanovo, Khersones,
Yalta, Azovskoye, Portovskoye, Glubokoye,
Demyanovka, Lesnoye, and the villages of
Kirovo, Yuryevka, Melekino, Belosarayskaya
Kosa, Buryakovaya Balka, Ogorodnoye, Urzuf,
Kamyshevatoye, Starodubovka, Chervonaya
Ukraina, Zakharovka, Babakh-Tarama, and Novoyanisol, are temporarily subordinated
to Novoazovsky district administration.
A total of 133 cities and towns... have been liberated by the Russia-led coalition, so far.
DPR Emergencies Minister on
humanitarian situation, key
problems in liberated areas
March 22nd, 11:41am (DAN)
Rescuers receive hundreds of messages from
residents of liberated areas of the Donetsk
People’s Republic, every day, head of the
Interdepartmental Operations HQ, DPR's
Emergencies Minister, Civil Defense
Service Lieutenant-General Alexey
Kostrubitsky, told the Donetsk
News Agency on Tuesday.
“We hear many words of gratitude for our work
but also receive hundreds of reports on local
problems; such as appeals to deliver
humanitarian aid to bedridden
patients, or help a chairbound
pensioner get out of the cellar
and take them to hospital,”
“They often ask us to defuse explosive
objects lying in their yards. There is
much work to do; we’re working.”
The minister said that the humanitarian situation in the liberated areas mostly
depends on how heavy the fighting
there had been.
The common problems include a large
amount of explosive hazards and the
need to restore gas, electricity and
water supplies, plus demolished
residential areas, and mobile
Emergencies Ministry staff help repair the
electricity grid and electrical substations.
“We want to restore a normal, peaceful
and quiet life for our compatriots, as soon as possible,” he said.
On March 1st, the DPR Head Denis Pushilin
approved the provision on the Interdepart-
mental Operations HQ to coordinate
priorities in the life support of the
population in the liberated areas,
and appointed DPR Emergencies
Minister, Alexey Kostrubitsky, to lead it.
DPR sets up Mobilization
March 18th, 10:30am (DAN)
The DPR Head Denis Pushilin has established
the Inter-ministerial Commission to review
mobilisation postponement requests.
He also approved the temporary
regulation on the postponement.
Deputy Chairman of the Government Vladimir
Antonov, Chief-of-Staff of the People's Militia
and Deputy Chairman of the Commission
Denis Sinenkov, First Deputy Minister of
State Security Dmitry Ivanov, First
Deputy Head of the Administration
of the Head of the DPR Gennady
Lebed, Minister of Finance Yana
Chausova, Minister of Revenue
and Fees Yevgeny Lavrenov,
Minister of Agricultural
Policy and Food Artem
of Industry and Trade
Minister of Transport
Dmitry Podlipanov and
Minister of Coal and
members of the
Mobilization postponement will be granted to
essential public officers, for up to 6 months.
The mobilization was announced in the DPR
on Febraury 19th, when the situation on the
line of contact escalated dramatically.
DPR reopens hospitals
in liberated territories
March 16th, 8:34am (DAN)
Nineteen medical institutions have resumed
operation in the liberated areas of the DPR,
special attention is given to pregnant
women and children, the DPR's
Ministry of Health said.
"Nineteen medical institutions have resumed
operation in the liberated areas of the DPR,
they are supplied with medications for outpatient care.''
''Face-to-face consultations are available
every day. Special attention is given to pregnant women and children."
Russia started a special military operation to
denazify & demilitarize Ukraine on February
24th. Russian President Vladimir Putin said
that the decision was made after the DPR
& LPR Heads addressed him asking
The Russian leader said that Moscow is not
planning to occupy Ukrainian territory, the
only goal is to protect people who have
been continuously shelled & subjected
to other forms of genocide by Ukraine,
for eight years.
DPR Employment Centre finds jobs for first residents
of liberated areas
March 10th, 6:53pm (DAN)
The Republican Employment Centre has
helped find jobs for residents of two
villages which have been recently
included in the Starobeshevsky
district responsibility zone, the
Centre’s press service told the
Donetsk News Agency
“The Republican Employment Centre
administration visited Bugas and
Nikolayevka the other day. They
issued instructions to district
specialists who later assigned
17 residents to temporary jobs. These figures are only for the
Starobeshevsky district,” a
representative of the
The press service said that Employment Centre
personnel have visited the Novy Svet township
....where Volnovakha refugees are currently
staying to provide consultative assistance.
The Interdepartmental Operations
Headquarters said that 25 people
in Novoselovka & Staroignatyevka
are on the Centre’s job seekers list.
Twenty-three of them are expected
to receive temporary job offers.
The Donetsk People’s Republic set up the
Employment Centre on December 9th,
2014 to help residents in their search
for jobs and subsequent employment.
It also provides retraining in various
fields and seasonal jobs.
DPR authorities launch payment of
welfare benefits in liberated areas
March 10th, 5:07pm (DAN)
The payment of pensions and welfare benefits
has been launched in the liberated villages of
Granitnoye & Staroignatyevka of the Donetsk
People’s Republic, the DPR Labour & Social
Policy Ministry told the Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.
“Pensions were delivered to Granitnoye
on March 7th; the payment of pensions
and welfare benefits is underway in
Granitnoye & Staroignatyevka,”
the Ministry said.
The authorities are exploring the
opportunities to arrange welfare
payments in other liberated
According to the Interdepartmental Operations
Headquarters, residents of liberated areas,
have submitted over 1,300 applications for
benefits to the Labour & Social Policy
Ministry: 952 applications in
Telmanovsky district, 258 in
Starobeshevsky district and
150 in Novoazovsky district.
Granitnoye is located ten kilometres northwest
of Telmanovo; Staroignatyevka is 22 kilometres
away. Both settlements were liberated in the
course of the joint military operation of DPR
and Russian forces.
DPR Head Denis Pushilin visited Granitnoye
promising its residents to provide welfare
benefits and help rebuild a peaceful life.
DPR clarifies next steps for
businesses in liberated areas
March 9th, 10:41am (DAN)
Legal entities and entrepreneurs from the
liberated DPR areas should register with
the Ministry of Revenues and Duties
within a three-month period. The
decree No.58 stipulating details
as to forms of entities and
businesses and their
locations, has been
signed by the DPR
Documentation should be reorganized to meet
DPR standards, within six months. Authorized
capital of legal entities must be recalculated
from hryvnia to roubles... at the
2.7 RUB/1 HRN rate.
DPR starts paying pensions
in liberated territories
March 7th, 4:09pm (DAN)
The DPR has started paying pensions
in the liberated DPR areas.
On Monday, nearly 80 residents
of Granitnoye, will receive
Social benefits are expected to
be paid, starting March 10th.
Russia started a special military operation
to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on
February 24th. Russian President
Vladimir Putin said that the
decision was made after
the DPR and LPR Heads
addressed him asking
The Russian leader said that Moscow is not
planning to occupy Ukrainian territory, the
only goal is to protect people who have
been continuously shelled and
subjected to other forms of
genocide by Ukraine, for
H.Q. for life support coordination reports first results Donetsk, March 4th, 2:36pm (DAN)
The settlements liberated from Kiev forces have been included in the responsibility zones of Donetsk People’s Republic districts, according to DPR Head Denis Pushilin’s Decree No 45 published on his website on Thursday.
The DPR leader ordered district officials to administer 36 liberated settlements within their responsibility zones, ensure law and order there, life support & the operation of enterprises, organizations, and other facilities.
The Novoazovsky district authorities will permanently administer the villages of Pavlopol, Pischevik, Shirokino, Primorksoye, Berdyanskoye, Vodyanoye & Lebedinskoye; the Telmanovsky district authorities will administer villages of Staroignatyevka, Svobodnoye and Granitnoye and the townships of Andreyevka & Mirnoye, the village of Kamenka, Novoselovka, Vtoraya, Chermalyk, Fyodorovka, Stepanovka, Orlovskoye and Novoselovka.
Temporary administration is introduced in the settlements whose administrative centres remain occupied by Kiev forces.
The Novoazovsky district authorities will temporarily run the townships of Sartana and Talakovka, the village of Gnutovo, Kremenevka, Maloyanisol and Topolinoye;
the Telmanovsky district administration will temporarily govern the villages of Rybinskoye, Trudovskoye, Vasilevka and Prokhorovka, the township of Doneskoye, the village of Anadol;
the Starobeshevo district authorities will run the village of Viktorovka, Bogdanovka, Nikolayevka, Novognatovka and Bugas.
Earlier reports on Thursday... said that LPR Head, Leonid Pasechnik, ordered to set up administrations of 15 towns and districts including the recently liberated areas, with the view of forming executive bodies within the borders of the Lugansk People’s Republic, as of the day of its establishment.
The DPR and LPR militias, supported by Russian armed forces are liberating the occupied areas of Donbass as part of the special operation --- aimed at the de-militarization and denazification of Ukraine.
DPR launches dual-currency zone in liberated areas March 3rd, 1:11pm (DAN)
The Donetsk People’s Republic, is launching a dual currency zone across the liberated areas of the Republic until the end of the month, the DPR government said, in Resolution No 17-1.
“The DPR government orders all forms o fbusinesses in certain areas of the Republic, which weren't controlled by the DPR authorities..... as of February 19th, 2022, to accept - together with the Russian ruble - the Ukrainian hrivna, as a means of payment -- from March 1st through March 2022,” the document said.
The businesses will display dual currency price tags at the following rate: 2.7 rubles per one hrivna. Non-cash settlements will be carried out in Russian rubles.
Lending and non-banking financial institutions, shall operate at the prescribed exchange rate. The exchange operations with hrivna coins, shall not be carried out.
The resolution comes into force on the date of publication.... It applies to the legal relations that emerged on March 1st, and will remain effective, through March 31st, 2022.
DPR, LPR --- ask Putin to
recognize the Republics
February 21st, 3:51pm (DAN)
The DPR and LPR Heads have addressed
Russian President Vladimir Putin asking
him to recognize the Republics as
"On behalf of our people we ask you to
recognize the DPR as an independent,
democratic, social state under the
rule of law," the DPR Head Denis
"I ask you to recognise the sovereignty and
independence of the Lugansk People's
Republic", the LPR Head, Leonid
They both asked to consider the possibility
of signing an agreement: of friendship and
cooperation between Russia and the LPR,
including cooperation in the sphere
Putin said, after a long televised meeting of
Russia's security council... that he is going to take the decision on the Republics today.
DPR to raise pensions and
social benefits in 2023-2024
February 16th, 11:18am (DAN)
The DPR plans to raise pensions and social
benefits in 2023-2024, the Minsiter of
Labour and Social Policy, Larisa
"Pensions have increased by 20pc for 640,000
recipients since last year. The next step is to
raise pensions and social benefits in 2023-
2024," she said.
Currently, DPR minimal pension is 7,884.86
roubles (USD105). Ukrainian pension is by
1.5 times lower, amounting to 5,210
roubles (1,934 hryvnyia).
Last time, social benefits were raised
for 27 categories of their recipients.
Channels blocked by YouTube
were very popular with world
mainstream media - DPR militia
February 4th, 4:05pm (DAN)
The YouTube video hosting has violated the basic
UN principles concerning the right to freedom of
information, Donetsk People’s Republic
People’s Militia deputy commander,
Eduard Basurin, said on Friday.
Earlier reports said that the administration of the
popular video hosting YouTube... had blocked the
official channels of the DPR Information Ministry
and People’s Militia. On top of that, the channel
of the Lugansk Media Centre was removed and
the accounts of the LPR State Television and
Radio Company and the press service of the
LPR People’s Militia, were blocked.
“These web resources, were very popular not only
with residents of the independent Republics but
also with Ukrainian and international users,”
Basurin said. “Their quickly-posted stories
were always reliable and unbiased, and
practically all world news agencies
constantly used them.”
Overall, the channels had a more than 2-million-strong
audience. Ukraine accounted for more than half of
visits. The DPR militia does not rule out that the
attack on these web resources was part of the
information campaign, CRUSHING SWORD,
unleased by the Ukrainian and western secret services, he added.
“The blocking of the DPR and LPR web resources,
is a violation of the UN's fundamental norms and
principles on the right to freedom of information.
The objective is the information blockade of the
independent Republics, to deprive us of the
opportunity to inform the international
community... on the Kiev regime's
preparations for aggression in
Donbass,” the DPR militia
deputy commander said.
In the past few months, Kiev and the West have been
making statements alleging the threat of a Russian
invasion. This pretext was used, to mass
considerable forces next to the contact line in Donbass.
Earlier, the DPR reported the massing of some 120,000
Ukrainian servicemen in the region. The enemy group
had been reinforced with radicals, multiple launch
rocket systems and NATO weapons. Drills by
chemical warfare troops and deliveries of
ammunition on all axes, were reported
Russian market to fully open
for Donbass enterprises in
2nd quarter - Vodolatsky
February 3rd, 4:24pm (DAN)
The Russian government is expected to complete the
work on creating conditions for Donbass companies
to access the Russian market, by the 2nd quarter,
State Duma lower house of Russia's parliament
deputy, from the “United Russia” faction, First
Deputy Chair of the house Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations
with Compatriots, Viktor Vodolatsky, told Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.
On November 15th, 2021 Russian President Vladimir
Putin signed a decree, ordering the government to
adopt measures to ease access of Donbass-made
products to Russian markets, and lift the export/
import quotas. These measures will apply, until
the political settlement of the Donbass conflict
based on the Minsk Agreements.
“As for industrial goods, they require other
certification parameters and this work is
ongoing: it’s more difficult as it involves
design and estimate documents... and
other technicalities,” Vodolatsky said.
“However, I’m confident that the government and
dedicated department will full complete this
work in the first quarter.”
He said that the Russian Ministry of Agriculture has
already completed the licensing, certification and
paperwork for food products.
“The Customs Servicers of the Republics and the
Russian Federation have already begun to use
these documents in their work,” the
A group of four “United Russia” lawmakers is
contributing to Donbass’ interaction with
Russia and the implementation of
“Each of us works in his own area; one is focused
on youth policy providing assistance to youths in
integrating into the Russian youth and student
community, another deals with the model laws
that the DPR & LPR parliaments have to pass after certification, in order to facilitate
adaptation to Russian standards,”
To boost trade with Russia, the DPR authorities are amending the Republic’s legislation and
The Economic Development Ministry believes that the metallurgical and coal-mining
companies, have the largest export and growth potential.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade stakes
on machine-building, and the Agriculture
Ministry on food, and processing
Average salary of DPR steel- worker approaches 19,500 roubles
January 24th, 1:15pm (DAN)
An average salary in the steel sector grew by
almost 11% in 2021, the DPR Ministry of
Industry and Trade said.
"The number of employees of steel enterprises is 18,196, their average salary is 19,424 roubles
(USD 246 per month), that is a 10.8% growth, year-on-year," the report reads.
The smelting industry employs 5.5% of all the workforce.
"It has a multiplying effect on adjacent sectors:
a steelworker creates 4-7 jobs in other sectors," the Ministry said.
DPR smelters production amounted to 41 bln
roubles, in 10 months of 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said earlier.
The total of 54 steel enterprises
are operating in the DPR.
DPR steelworks operate
at 50% of capacity level
January 21st, 5:13pm (DAN)
DPR smelters production amounted to 41 bln roubles
in 10 months of 2021, the Ministry of Industry and
"The production rate grew by 19% in the ten months
of 2021 and amounted to 41.3 bln roubles in the 10
months of 2021. The capacity utilization grew
during 2020 and the 10 months of 2021 by
12.4% to attain 49%," the report reads.
The total of 54 steel enterprises
are operating in the DPR.
"Steelworks contribution to the industrial goods
exports is more than 82%. The importers are
the LPR and Russia. The export share of
smelters increased by 9.3% last year."
[Rhondda Records adds: dare we ask, what about Wales?]
DPR allocates 15 bln RUBof support to families with
January 14th, 11:53am (DAN)
The DPR has allocated more than 4 bln roubles
to families with children in 2021, the Ministry
of Labour and Social Policy said.
"The average monthly number of recipients was
82.2 thousand people; the total expenditure
was 4.2 bln roubles," the statement reads.
Eight of 14 social benefits are covering families with
children. Among those, are pregnancy benefits and a baby bonus, children-under-three allowances,
assistance for single parents, benefits for
large families, etc.
The payments are being made since 2015, the
total amount of payments, is 15 bln roubles.
DPR budget flush with
cash from businesses
January 13th, 7:08pm (DAN)
Donetsk People’s Republic's budget revenue from
businesses increased by 21.8 percent in 2021
year-on-year, the DPR Tax and Revenues
Ministry said in a preliminary report
received by the Donetsk
The Ministry expects to meet the overall revenue
target at 104.7 percent. The following is the
contribution by major revenue sources
(% of target): income tax - 104.1, profit
tax - 105.5 %, turnover tax - 103.5 %,
excise tax on manufactured excised
products - 105.1% including petrol-
eum products (102.4 percent),
simplified tax - 101.5 percent
and land tax - 102.6 percent.
A larger number of taxpayers contributed
to the budget revenue increase.
Insurance payments from businesses in 2021 are
expected to meet the target at 129.7 percent, a
31 percent increase year-on-year, the
In 2022, the Tax and Revenues Ministry will
work towards creating a friendly business
environment, full budget revenue
collection, protecting domestic
producers and bolstering
economic activity... by
improving the quality
and effectiveness of
DPR pays 1 billion RUB compensation
to victims of Ukrainian aggression
January 10th, 10:29am (DAN)
Lump sum compensations paid to DPR residents
for damage to health and wellbeing caused by
Ukrainian armed aggression have totalled
1 billion roubles, the Ministry of Labour
and Social Policy told DAN.
"The total sum of one-time payments made to DPR
residents who suffered damages, following the
Ukrainian aggression has totalled 985.7 million
roubles since 2014, there were 14 partial
tranches," the statement reads.
Last year, the total of 301.2 million roubles
in compensations were paid.
The payments are made under the 2014 Law on
Urgent Social Measures to Protect DPR
Residents in the Circumstances of
Ukrainian Army and Armed
Families of killed or deceased, including service
members or law enforcement members, as a
result of the aggression; civilians qualified
as persons with disability as a result of an
injury or trauma incurred as a result of the
aggression; injured or disabled without
obtaining a disabled person status are
entitled to compensations of 50,000 -
800,000 hryvnia, paid in roubles.
DPR to increase welfare benefits
for 27 groups of recipients from
January 1st, 2022 - official
December 30th 2021, 1:20pm (DAN)
Welfare benefits in the Donetsk People’s Republic will
increase for 27 groups of recipients starting January
1st, 2022, DPR Labour and Social Policy Minister,
Larisa Tolstykina, said at a press briefing at the Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.
''DPR Head Denis Pushilin’s Decree No 414 dated
December 28th, 2021, increased 11 of the 14 types of benefits for 27 groups of recipients from January 1st, 2022,” Tolstykina said. “The increase ranges between 5 and 140 percent.”
Special attention is paid to families with children,
individuals with disabilities and persons in
difficult circumstances, she added.
Maternity allowances will increase to 8,000 rubles.
Childbirth allowances paid in the first three years
will amount to 7,000. Survivor's benefits will
increase to 7,885 rubles and the allowance
with the nursing supplement for disabled
children and lifelong disabled persons,
will reach 7,500 to 16,000 rubles
depending on the category.
“The DPR is launching new payments in 2022, similar
to the children’s benefits in Russia’s Rostov region.
They are a lump sum payment of 17,450 rubles
when a baby is handed over to a family, a
30,000-ruble lump sum payment to a new
adoptive family, and supplementary
payments to foster parents per
child with disabilities in the
amount of 4,500 rubles,”
the minister said.
Payments to low-income families will increase to 4,000
rubles while supplement payments per child, will
increase to 1,500 rubles. Persons who are not
entitled to an old age pension, and disabled
persons will get 7,300 to 8,000 rubles.
The compensation for taking care of 1st
disability group persons and elderly
persons over 80 years of age, will
increase from 500 rubles to
Every month, the DPR pays welfare
benefits to some 125,000 residents.
Benefits last increased on July 1st, 2021
in accordance with DPR Head Denis
Pushilin’s decree.. which allocated
more than 500 million rubles from
the Republic’s budget, for
Arthouse producers building
first film studio in DPR
Donetsk, December 24th 2021, 6:14am (DAN)
They shot the feature film “Intent” in the Donetsk
People’s Republic... and ran it in many towns in
Russia and the Czech Republic, and now they
are building their own studio at a fantastic
rate. The Donfilm group’s ambition is to
achieve what others have never been
able to accomplish, namely... turn
Donbass into a film-making centre.
The arthouse film “Intent” was screened in 2019 and
has been available on YouTube since 2020. The
views count reached 2.5 million. “Intent” rather
looks like a post-modernist fairy-tale puzzle.
It is a story of a boy’s journey... to a higher
plane of existence where he watches the
struggle of notions that govern our
routine life on Earth.
Donfilm founder, Dmitry Zodchiy, who authored and directed “Intent” defines its genre as “trickster film.“
Enthusiasts shot the film without the assistance of government bodies or commercial companies
but by using Zodchiy’s money. Viewers helped
launch the construction of the first film
studio in the DPR after a money raising action, on the Donfilm website.
The construction site, is located in the outskirts of
the town of Shakhtyorsk in the eastern part of the
Republic. The work on the main building and
adjacent pavilions, is nearing completion.
Donfilm participants hope... that a village with its own
infrastructure will spring up in the area in the future.
It will include a park, a children’s playground, a
cinema house, a concert stage , a store and
houses for the staff and studio guests. It will also accommodate shops to
produce costumes, stage sets and props.
The immediate plans, are to create prerequisites for shooting a second film. According to Dmitry
Zodchiy, it might begin as early as the first
half of 2022.
Find more information on the Donfilm studio and
the Donbass film production timeline, in the
Russian language version of the Donetsk
DPR, LPR announce website
to gather data on Ukraine’s
November 25th 2021, 3:12pm (DAN)
The Donbass Republics have launched a website that will gather information on Ukraine’s war crimes and missing persons. It was presented at Thursday's online conference: “The Seared Memory of Donbass: Ukrainian army’s war crimes... and new information on the massacres of civilians.”
“The website is expected to consolidate our efforts,
provide authentic information on the number of
casualties during the conflict, show progress
in our work and tell what made mass graves
come about. A large number of people are
missing. The website will post the stories
of the people who experienced Ukrainian
aggression & lost their kin, since 2014,”
LPR Public Chamber member, Sergey
The website address is donbasstragedy.info.
It contains a photo gallery and a feedback window.
Any resident of the region can contribute their
stories.. share their information about a mass
grave or send photos. It is planned to launch
website versions in several languages...
including French and German.
This last summer, the DPR and the LPR stepped up
the search for missing persons. They established
specialized bodies which included officials, law -enforcers and experts. These bodies were
tasked with organizing the search for the
missing persons, composing a register
of the missing, gathering information
on them, creating a database of the
missing and deceased and their
relatives, and coordinating
exhumation efforts, the
identification of bodies
and... handing them
over to relatives.
In the DPR, the first exhumation was carried out in
Snezhnoye’s Ovsyanoe cemetery on August 19th.
As of now, the remains of 150 unidentified Donbass
conflict victims have been exhumed in the DPR,
DPR coal and energy sector
to receive 5 bln roubles
Donetsk, November 12th 2021, 4:37pm (DAN)
The investments into DPR coal and energy sectors
will amount to five billion roubles (USD 70 mln), the Deputy Minister of Coal and Energy, Alexey Vasilenko, said, at the round table organized by the Donetsk
Republic social movement.
"The investment programmes provide for 1 bln roubles
subsidies in 2022-2024 for coal enterprises and 1 bln
roubles subsidies for overhaul projects of energy
companies in 2023-2024," he said.
Investment programmes cover the reconstruction of the
energy unit No.10 of the Starobeshevo coal power plant,
repair works at the cooling tower No.2 of the Zuevo coal
power plant, to provide for a more flexible management
of the station's resources, and to put all three power