The true colours of oligarchic feudalism in today’s Ukraine

The “masters of the universe” could not care less about the lives and fates of ordinary people when there is a chance to earn a couple of billions.

DTEK has once again disrupted the launch of the 10th power unit of the Prydniprovska TPP with an installed electric precipitator. The power plant continues to poison the Dnipro with harmful emissions.

Let me remind you that this is not the first time when Rinat Akhmetov’s pet project “forgets” about its promises on ecology.

Earlier, DTEK had already “forgotten” about its privatization environmental obligations. And the electrostatic precipitator on the 10th block itself was supposed to start working before December 31, 2018 in accordance with the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment, prepared under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment.

However, promises about December 31, 2018 smoothly flowed into promises about February 28, 2019.

Today is March 1, but the press service of DTEK is keeping mum. While the TPP pipe (second from the left), from where the purified smoke from the electrostatic precipitator should go, is treacherously standing idle against the background of the pipes of other power units.

Prydniprovska TPP has power units which emit tons of harmful soot, which in the end accumulates in the lungs of the inhabitants of a million-people city.

Meanwhile, the DTEK owner once again lacked something to fulfil his eco-obligations – either time or money or conscience.

I understand Rinat Akhetov – how can he find money, time and conscience for all these Ukrainians, when he needs to invest the billions earned on “Rotterdam Plus” scheme into buying up regional power companies and building the largest wind and solar power plants in the region.

New businesses will bring Mr Akhetov new billions through new schemes. And what will the eco-modernization of the Prydniprovska TPP bring him? Only extra expenses.

This is your logic, Mr Akhmetov, isn’t it?

Therefore, DTEK finances environmental measures on a residual basis, if it finances at all. Therefore, for decades Dnipro residents have been forced to inhale and drink untreated waste from the Prydniprovska TPP.

We are not going to put up with this.

Even if the work of the State Ecological Inspectorate gives no hopes (see the inspection’s response to my appeal – some set of phrases instead of checking and finding out why the electrostatic precipitator installation is disrupted), we are going to get forceful in relation to DTEK. The filter will be installed.

If DTEK is not afraid of the toothless environmental inspection, it should be afraid of Save Dnipro activists and people’s anger.

DTEK must realise once and for all – Ukrainians have the natural right to breathe clean air and to drink clean water, and this right is enshrined in the Constitution. And there are those who will fight for this right.

Viktoriya Vojtsitska
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