“Ukrtelecom” Rinat Akhmetov stopped working on the territories of the DNI AND LC

Ukrainian telecommunication company “Ukrtelecom” announced the termination of work in the breakaway territories of Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND AND LNR). The statement published on the website of the company.

“Telephone services and access to the Internet is not available in the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions in connection with the loss of control over Telecom network”, — stated in the message.

“Ukrtelecom” has previously experienced problems with the work in the territories of the breakaway republics. On 1 March, the company announced that the provision of services in the territory is terminated due to “interference unidentified persons in the network” and “the seizure of the office by armed men”. Then, as reported, without regard remained 200 thousand subscribers, living in the DNR. The operator then reported that the “lost” technical ability “to centrally control the equipment on the uncontrolled territory in Donetsk region”. Later however the connection was restored.

The company “Ukrtelecom” is a group of companies SCM Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov. From 1 March 2017 the authorities of the DNI and the LC in response to the transport blockade imposed external control located on uncontrollable Kiev territories of Donbass enterprises, owned by Ukrainian owners. Under external management DNR transferred about 40 companies, including some of the assets Akhmetov.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the actions of the authorities of the DNI and LC “seizure of Ukrainian enterprises, which worked in the legal field of Ukraine”.