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    December 27, 2014

    Is the New Deal Russian Coal for Ukraine Really the Donbass Coal!?

    Melnikova, Yelena (1902-1980) DONBASS. GORLOVKA. SHAKHTA No. 5 [c. 1932-1933] 
    Russian-Ukrainian blogger Yurasumy seems to think so
    I love to read comments of those who always complain of Putin abandoning the Donbass whenever I don’t have the time to write. Folks are getting upset once again and are “logically” advancing various insane ideas.
    One of them is the supposedly “free” coal that Ukraine is receiving from Russia. On the Donbass this is no secret to anyone (and I’m writing this for the benefit of couch warriors who can only beat their fingers against the keyboard and think this makes them the smartest in the world.”
    So. The coal that is being supplied (and has been supplied all December) is Donbass coal. Naturally Russia has nothing to do with it. Indeed, strictly speaking it is Russian coal. And money? Money goes where the coal comes from. To the Donbass. This is the money that is being used to pay salaries and benefits to the miners. 
    And you, coach warriors, you didn’t know any of that? That’s why you are couch warriors, it is not for you to understand or even wish to understand. You only know how to watch guts hanging from power lines on TV, knowing you will never end up like that. This is also part of the Minsk Agreement (incidentally, Kiev officialdom continues to make money on this deal). True, so far the coal is being delivered in small amounts, because Kiev is having second thoughts (though one would think it would have gotten to it by now). But time is working against the junta. Therefore second thoughts will now be very costly.
    Therefore Kiev has been sending money to the Donbass for a long time now, and its strategy of economic strangulation has suffered a compete defeat (you may have noticed how that theme has vanished from Ukrainian TV channels). Kiev is maintaining an embarrassed silence concerning how the Lugansk and Donetsk Republics have Ukrainian currency in such amounts (at first they claimed it was counterfeit money, but even the Ukrainian public could not be fooled for long), while in Russia fair-weather-patriots are mourning the news, rather than celebrate the junta’s latest defeat.
    PS. Concerning electricity being sent to Ukraine, I thought this was long understood. But apparently not. Crimea is still (and will be for a long time) connected to Ukraine’s power grid, which means that Russia has to somehow compensate for Crimea’s use of electricity. I think they had reached an agreement on that a long time ago, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat. They decided to use the repairs on the 2nd reactor of the Southern Ukrainian nuclear power station (just as the repairs on the 3rd reactor of the Zaporozhye nuclear power station are used to explain the rolling blackouts). The rest you already know.

    Translated from Russian by J. Hawk for FortRuss.blogspot.com

    This article in German: https://hesikamiscellaneous.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/ist-das-neue-russische-abkommen-uber-kohle-fur-die-ukraine-tatsachlich-die-donbass-kohle/
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