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What’s happened to separatist-seized steel mills?
Kyiv Post reported that after Russian-backed separatists took control of dozens of mines and factories, many were left wondering: What will they do with it?. The answer is still unclear. Donetsk separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko immediately announced coal deliveries to Russia after the March takeover of mines and factories. But what went little noticed was another announcement from the Russian-backed Donetsk separatists: That they would begin to use their newly “nationalized” properties to forge steel, bringing back the occupied Donbas’s steelmaking capacity.
While this may seem like pure propaganda, the separatists in theory have all they need to reignite their territory’s steelmaking industry. All they need is iron ore, a commodity readily available across the Dnipro in Krivyi Rih or as is more likely via import from Russian producers a move that would violate international sanctions against the Kremlin-backed breakaway republics.
Mr Sergiy Onyshchenko director of the Novotroitske Mining Authority, a limestone mine jointly held by billionaire oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s United Minerals Group conglomerate and a firm linked to another billionaire oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky, was forced out of his Dokuchaevsk office at separatist gunpoint in March.
The director moved to the Novotroitske half of the complex, a separate but physically connected business that straddles the contact line in this town of 7,100 people located 713 kilometers southeast of Kyiv.
Onyshchenko was also managing a quarry and processing plant at Dokuchaevsk, across from Novotroitske, until the separatists “nationalized” it amid the blockade.
He said that “There were a lot of problems in operating a business in an issue like that. De jure you are in Ukrainian territory but de facto you had all these strange people with rifles walking around.”
For Onyshchenko, the experience followed a brief imprisonment in 2014.
he said that “It was more of a statement, has been working at the complex since 2013. And also an attempt to extract some cash from us.”
Mr Onyshchenko added that various separatist officials had been coming to his office on a daily basis in Dokuchaevsk in 2014, claiming to be the head of tank or infantry regiments and demanding “tax payments.”
Source : Kyiv Post
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Ben benieuwd in hoeverre mr. Mittal hier nog 100% zeggenschap heeft!!!!