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Old 16th February 2015, 12:02
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All parts of Ukraine are subject to periods of electricity outages, particularly on very cold days, and this trend has applied to both sides of the battle divide. This has been ongoing for several weeks, and even in Kiev regions have faced shorter periods of shared outages as one sector is turned off whilst another sector has its electricity restored.

In Crimea, especially in larger populated areas such as Sevastopol, Simferopol etc, power outages have been reported for longer durations, up to 7 hours I have been told, on one occasion.

Yesterday I received word from Lugansk, that although electricity was on, the broadband internet service was not for most Lugansk users.
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Old 16th February 2015, 23:11
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Thanks for the insight.
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Old 17th February 2015, 16:58
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Telecomms in Donbas region are becoming unpredictable, but miraculously a contact of mine managed to connect to Debaltseve.
Internet reports of fighting now within the town of Debaltseve is confirmed. Many explosions being heard and several buildings have been subject to fire. Apparently, Debaltseve wasn't served with gas mains supply and dwellings used LPG cylinders as result for gas cooking. Subsequently munitions penetration of homes often causes gas leaks initiating fire and subsequent explosions.
Russian tanks are seen at the edges of the town.
I have posted elsewhere that Russian media claims that approx 120 Ukraine soldiers have been taken prisoner by Russian backed forces. Allegedly these prisoners were without food and had exhausted all ammunition before surrendering themselves.
Current temperature in Debaltseve is -14C.

Lugansk has had its landline telephone system restored, but is still not contactable by some regions. The MTS mobile telephone network is down at time of writing.
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Old 18th February 2015, 18:20
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This is a very interesting insight into the conditions of folks who live in those areas - thank you for sharing with us!
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Old 19th February 2015, 18:39
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Today in Lugansk

Lugansk residents are watching many trucks coming into town, they apparently are bringing Ukraine Army soldiers from Debaltseve as prisoners of war. I'm told that arrangements for their sleeping and feeding has been organized. Wounded soldiers are receiving medical attention. It is anticipated that they will remain under security whilst the "Republics" can consider under what terms they may be exchanged or released.

Lugansk residents are now concerned that Poroshenko will threaten to turn of the gas supply to them, before the Russians are able to replace the quantity of gas they need to keep themselves warm before the spring arrives.
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Old 20th February 2015, 17:56
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Friday's conversations from Donbas

Debaltseve reported to be all quiet now. Estimated up to 5000 inhabitants left in the much dilapidated town. Still no water, power or heating, except for those habitable buildings that have solid fuel stoves.
An emergency team of doctors/medics have allegedly received much needed foodstuffs and medication from a Russian humanitarian aid supply, but I anticipate it falls short of actual need.

Lugansk has water and electricity. Ukraine is maintaining the supply of gas to the town. The bazaar has most foodstuffs and able to supply those people who have the money to buy it, but many have no means of getting any money as banks remain closed.
The landline and mobile telephones are working, but the local internet system was down at time of writing.
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Old 23rd February 2015, 18:40
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Monday's talk

Debaltseve is enjoying another day of calm, void of incoming munitions and explosions. Trucks with water tanks are employed bringing fresh water to those needing it without payment. Similarly a subsistence amount of foodstuffs is being given to those in need. Only those having access to a portable generator have electricity. Some telephone landlines and most mobile phone services are being restored.

For several days many Mariupol residents have had packed suitcases ready for a quick departure for fear that the pro-Russian separatist/ terrorists will attack at anytime.

Lugansk has mini-bus (mushrutka) service only which typically operates up to 19:00 only. Both the municipal tramway and trolley buses remain out of service until overhead power cables and electricity supply can be restored.
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