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Old 3rd October 2015, 15:07
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As the ceasefire seems to be holding I assume that those men who are not from Donbas, but are there for the money or the adrenaline will be particularly less easy to control and perhaps disruptive with the boredom, especially as ambient temperatures are falling. Their funding and comfort supplies must also be a consideration.
For the Donbas men, it may be that they would be better engaged in joining the the insufficient teams of men who are available for housing repairs in order to try and restore the war damage within habitable accommodation before winter.

The train service between Lugansk and Donetsk has stopped since I reported it earlier. I imagine that the "Republics" only had one engine unit and they it became defective and cannot be quickly repaired.
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Old 16th October 2015, 09:44
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Reference to post of 2nd October

Could this article reflect my previous post "She also says that people there are saying that noticeable numbers of separatist "soldiers" are being discharged of their duties"

"DPR" disarms, detains own militants : UNIAN news
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Old 19th October 2015, 15:54
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Is money in limited supply in Putinland?

Word from Crimea is that many workers employed by smaller private enterprises are suffering late payments to their salaries. It is not clear if this this is due to the difficulties being faced by Crimea's banking system as it has trouble sending/receiving money to non Moscow sources for finished goods sold, or materials being purchased.
Also told that the Police are going around residential homes to ascertain who is living there, and if they are not the owners the details of the property owner especially if rent is being received.

Lugansk contact says that the tranche of pensioners and disabled persons who qualify for benefit on the 12th October have not received payment so far this month. It is not known if the sudden disappearance of two "Government Ministers" following a reported significant loss of "State Funds" has any bearing on this situation.
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Old 21st October 2015, 03:01
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Could this article reflect my previous post "She also says that people there are saying that noticeable numbers of separatist "soldiers" are being discharged of their duties"

"DPR" disarms, detains own militants : UNIAN news

Well as it reads, it sounds great. It's very difficult to control people with nothing better to do and a supply of weapons. Glad to hear they are trying to control these units and hopefully eventually dismantle.
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Old 14th January 2016, 08:59
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Dental problems in Lugansk

Those people in Lugansk requiring dental treatment are experiencing problems. The cost of treatment is becoming unaffordable to many as the materials used are getting scarcer. Lugansk dentists are having to bring in dental materials from Russia but they are said to be inferior in quality to the materials that they would have previously received via Kiev. Getting these better grade materials has become very much more costly given the need to have them virtually smuggled in from west Ukraine, especially if one can only pay in Rubles.

The joke Lugansk People's Republic sets an official exchange rate of 2 Rubles for each Ukrainian Hryvna but the true foreign exchange rate as I write is now 3.04 Rubles for each Hryvna. People in Lugansk receive salaries or pensions in Russian Rubles mostly based on their previous Ukraine Hryvna pay rate using this incorrect conversion rate. Therefore they are disadvantaged when having to purchase any goods or services not payable in Russian Rubles.
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Old 13th February 2016, 15:48
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Empty apartments being requisitioned in Lugansk

Hearing stories about people who have left Lugansk leaving their apartments empty, find that when they or their apartment minders return they are confronted by an official Lugansk People's Republic notice that the apartment is now under LNR authority control and that they must not enter it without authorization.

Another story relates to an apartment vacated by a resident assumed to now be an IDP (internally displaced person), requested a relative to check on her/his apartment. The relative discovered another person living there and when challenging them as to what you are doing here were told, "it's not your apartment so f*** off " in the Russian language variant.
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Old 20th February 2016, 22:23
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Hearing stories about people who have left Lugansk leaving their apartments empty, find that when they or their apartment minders return they are confronted by an official Lugansk People's Republic notice that the apartment is now under LNR authority control and that they must not enter it without authorization.

Another story relates to an apartment vacated by a resident assumed to now be an IDP (internally displaced person), requested a relative to check on her/his apartment. The relative discovered another person living there and when challenging them as to what you are doing here were told, "it's not your apartment so f*** off " in the Russian language variant.
So sad to hear.
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