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External administration of LPR businesses unrelated to change of ownership — envoy

March 05, 2017, 15:36 UTC+3 LUGANSK

The republic had to undertake that step due to the situation at those enterprises, Vladislav Deinego said

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LUGANSK, March 5. /TASS/. The external administration of enterprises with Ukrainian jurisdiction, which are located in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), are not related to change of ownership, LPR’s envoy to the Minsk peace talks Vladislav Deinego said on Sunday.

"As for owners, this issue is not discussed, the owner remains as it is mentioned on the registrars, and any change of ownership is not planned," LuganskInformCenter quoted him.

The republic had to undertake that step due to the situation at those enterprises, he continued.

"The enterprises are actually on the edge of destruction, the personnel are practically out of jobs," he said. "Under those conditions we could not ignore the situation and we decided we should undertake responsibility for work at those enterprises by introducing external administration."

It is most important under the current conditions to make sure "the enterprises give jobs to their personnel, work effectively, make products, and make payments to the budget."

On Wednesday, the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) introduced external administrations at the Ukrainian-run businesses operating in Donbass. The decision has stemmed from ongoing railway blockade by Ukrainian radicals tacitly backed by Kiev. For supervising the process, special headquarters have been set up in the republics, bringing together workers, local trade unions, public movements and local lawmakers.

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