Ukrainian soldiers of 12th Sq. of 24th Brigade stopped train with construction materials and other goods near Orikhove village in Lugansk Region. The train was going to the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.
In total there were 52 wagons. Soldiers claim that there was construction timber from Chernihyv and Poltava Regions that was named firewood by documents. There were also metal products from “METINVEST” Company www.metinvestholding.com owned by Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov and coal shipped from USA according to documents. Also there were tanks for liquid and gaseous substances. The type of construction timber that was there is usually used to build military fortifications, so the soldiers assumed that was cargo for pro-Russian terrorists who occupied part of Lugansk Region.
More likely that train was going to Alchevsk located on occupied territory. There is PJSC «ALCHEVSKKOKS» www.akz.lg.ua still working there. It manufactures coke and other chemical products for iron and steel industry.
The products manufactured by «ALCHEVSKKOKS» get delivered to “Dnepropetrovskiy Metallurgical Plant” www.dmkd.dp.ua located in Dneprodzerzhynsk city in Dnepropetrovsk Region by rail road. According to the news posted on «ALCHEVSKKOKS» website there was a meeting of shareholders of that company on the territory of “Dnepropetrovskiy Metallurgical Plant” on April 26 2015. Previously www.ukrrudprom.ua reported that Russian biggest steel production ISD Сorporation www.isd.com.ua that owns «ALCHEVSKKOKS» stopped and conserved production in Alchevsk at the end of 2014, they had to do that because of the deficit of coking coal. Starting from the beginning of 2015 2 out of 3 blast furnaces at “Dnepropetrovskiy Metallurgical Plant” were also stopped.
This actually explains why there were Russian Railroad wagons there as well. Those wagons are also owned by ISD Сorporation that sent supply train to «ALCHEVSKKOKS».
So Russia owned companies continue to work on occupied territories and they even use railroad to send supply to their plants and factories. The only way companies can do business there is to pay “taxes” to terrorists who control part of Lugansk Region. The question is why Ukrainian government let them do that? On May 13 2015 the head of Lugansk Region Hennadiy Moskal banned all traffic between Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region and the territory of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic, see our report here. According to his order only cyclists, pedestrians and international humanitarian organizations can enter occupied territory of Lugansk Region.
Photos and video published by Taras Hryvul, soldier of 24th Brigade of Ukrainian Army. Below you can see the video recorder when the train was stopped.