Week review by coordinator of ‘Information Resistance’ group Dmytro Tymchuk. Most important events for October 6-12.
The Verkhovna Rada has changed boundaries of Novoaidarivsk, Slavyanoserbsk, Popasna and Perevalsk regions of Luhansk oblast. The essence is clear – to attach territories of regions which regional centers are located on the occupied territory to regional centers controlled by Ukrainian government.
This decision of the government is an indirect evidence that in nobody is going to liberate Donbas in the nearest future. However, this is not the point. On the one side, as local authorities reasonably say, the changing of boundaries of regions would allow to direct funds for social payments to territories controlled by Ukrainian government. On the other side, this is not enough in working with ‘front-line’ areas. If they just pay pensions and benefits without working with people, these territories will remain to be a powder keg where people would demand to increase social benefits secretly dreaming about LNR [Luhansk People’ Republic] and joining Russia.
Even if the government decides to temporarily freeze the conflict in the Donbas, the ‘frontal zone’ has to be in the area of special attention. Complete lustration of local authorities and law enforcement officers, special economic conditions, creation of working places and powerful support of local business, informative work with local and support of local pro-Ukrainian public movements – this is the guarantee that ‘frontal’ line will be the picture of ‘successful’ Ukraine as opposed to hungry and unemployed hell of LNR and DNR.
Today hundreds and thousands of specialists have left Donetsk and Luhansk for the liberated areas of these oblasts. They only want to work in good quiet conditions. We have to create such possibility for them. We have to create such conditions so that every resident of Donbas would dream to live in Ukraine. In the war for Donbas it is no less important than tanks and mortars.
Source: Head of Center of Military and Political studies and coordinator of ‘Information Resistance’ group Dmytro Tymchuk.