In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on December 16, two violations of the ceasefire by the armed formations of the Russian Federation were recorded. This was reported by the JFO headquarters. The occupiers opened fire near Vodiane in Pryazovia. The enemy fired several shots from easel and hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers to provoke our soldiers. The enemy used the same weapon in the area of the settlement of Shumy. The occupiers' shots were unaimed and did not threaten the lives of our soldiers, so they did not open fire in response. There are no combat losses or injuries among our defenders.
Occupation authorities of the "DNR" announced "lofty agenda" to start supplying electricity to Russia. This was stated by the "DNR" leader Denis Pushilin. "In addition to providing electricity to the Donetsk and partly the Luhansk People's Republic, of course, we have loftiest agenda. We would like, of course, and we have this in our plans, (to establish) the supply of electricity to the Russian Federation", - Pushilin said. At the same time, the "DNR" leader kind of hinted that there are certain nuances in the implementation of this plan, but if it succeeds, a whole chain of the seized by the "DNR" enterprises will be included in this process, including mines, most of which are now in critical situations both for technical equipment and for payment of salaries. "Therefore, of course, it is very important for us to take a responsible approach to the repair of our TPPs", - Pushilin added vaguely.
An increase in salaries for employees of the public utility sector in the occupied Donetsk region is possible only after the increase in tariffs for housing and public utilities. This was stated by leader of the "DNR" Denis Pushilin. At the same time, in order to justify the intentions to increase tariffs, Pushilin urged the residents of CADO to compare them with those operating in the free territory of Ukraine, without mentioning the difference in income levels. "First of all, we focus on our own indicators. But in order to talk about the validity of some steps, we, of course, involuntarily compare ourselves with our neighbors, that is, Ukraine. It just happened. We have not gone anywhere from this yet. After all, we used to live in one country. But we are still interested in the figures for utilities there in order to understand the difference", - Pushilin tried to be convincing. In response to the appeal of utility companies, who complained about the level of wages and the lack of personnel, especially the yard keepers, Pushilin also linked this situation to the problem of the difference in tariffs and clarified that even $40 million is not enough to balance the tariffs. "We allocated $40 million this year to compensate for the difference in tariffs, but this money did not cover the entire expenditure side. Now we can say with confidence that an increase in salaries for employees of the public utility sector is possible only after raising tariffs", - the "DNR" leader "brightened up".
In CADO, the "Ministry of Revenues and Duties of the DNR" fined local entrepreneurs within a year in the amount of $133 thousand on the fact of unreasonable price increases. This was announced by Yevgeny Lavrenov, who calls himself "the Minister of Revenues and Duties of the DNR". He clarified that "the markup for socially significant goods should not exceed 25%". According to him, the rise in prices in CADO is associated with "seasonal factors, the dollar exchange rate, etc.".
Occupational "leadership of the DNR" explains the rise in prices for bread in CADO "by the rise in prices for fertilizers and equipment component parts". This was stated by Yevgeny Lavrenov, who calls himself "the Minister of Revenues and Duties".
The water supply to Dovzhansk (formerly Sverdlovsk), Rovenky and Volodarsk village in the occupied Luhansk region was temporarily suspended due to leaks in the main water pipelines. This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LNR".
Two people died as a result of a head-on collision of a car with a bus on the highway in the Perevalsk district of the occupied Luhansk region. This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LNR". "While overtaking, the driver of the VAZ-2105 car lost control and made a head-on collision with the Ikarus bus", - the message said. It is known that the driver of the passenger car - a man, born in 1996, and his passenger - a man, born in 1997, died as a result of the accident.