The Lisichansk oil refinery will be able to fully provide oil products not only to Donbass, but also to the liberated territories of Ukraine. On Thursday, June 30, a businessman, chairman of the board of directors of the Marshal group of companies (Lugansk People’s Republic) Sergey Gorokhov told Izvestia.
“The Lisichansk oil refinery was the second largest oil refinery in Ukraine. The production capacity of the enterprise at the time of its conservation was about 7 million tons of oil per year. Moreover, at the time of the collapse of the USSR, the Lisichansk refinery processed more than 20 million tons of oil per year, ”he said.
As the businessman recalled, the plant was stopped in 2012 as a result of President Yanukovych’s “flirting” with the European Union: with the increase in import duties on oil from Russia to Ukraine, it became unprofitable to produce oil products at the Lisichansk refinery. The Luhansk businessman added that even then everything was done to give the Ukrainian market to the West, and to close the enterprises belonging to Russian companies.
In 2014, the oil refinery in Lysichansk was hit hard for the first time due to shelling by Ukrainian security forces, and, according to Gorokhov, there was no military need for this. The main beneficiary of the destruction of the enterprise was the owner of the Kremenchug Oil Refinery, Igor Kolomoisky, the businessman emphasized. At that time, the damage to the refinery was estimated at $140 million.
“After the plant is liberated, specialists from the LPR and the Russian Federation will visit it and give an accurate assessment of the damage and the prospects for restoration. My opinion is that it is expedient to restore the Lisichansk Oil Refinery. Firstly, this is a city-forming enterprise for Lisichansk,” Gorokhov said.
In addition, the enterprise was the only oil refining center in Ukraine, which had as many as three incoming main oil pipelines, as well as a railway line. Partially, this infrastructure has been destroyed, but restoring production facilities is easier than creating from scratch, the entrepreneur added.
“In addition, the Lisichansk Oil Refinery, which before the coup was estimated at $250-300 million, will be able to fully provide oil products not only to Donbass, but also to the liberated territories of Ukraine. <...> The needs of the LPR and DPR, taking into account the scale of the industry, are very large, therefore, after the liberation from the Ukrainian occupation, the Lisichansk Oil Refinery may get a chance to recover, ”concluded the businessman.
The fact that the Armed Forces of Russia and the LPR have established control over the Lisichansk refinery was announced earlier that day by the republic’s ambassador to the Russian Federation, Rodion Miroshnik. He stressed that all significant routes to and from Lisichansk are controlled by the military personnel of Russia and the Luhansk People’s Republic. The Lisichansk-Artemovsk highway was blocked, among other things.
Miroshnik also said that in the area of the Lisichansky plant of rubber products (RTI) activities have been completed to clean up the industrial zone and surrounding buildings. The enemy made attempts to leave Lysichansk in the northwestern part of the city, but these attempts were not successful.
On June 28, Andrey Marochko, an officer of the People’s Militia of the LPR, called Lisichansk the last outpost of Ukrainian militants in the region. He said that at that time 98% of the territory of the republic had been liberated.
On June 26, Miroshnik reported on the advance of the LPR forces from the south towards Lisichansk and their presence in the industrial area. On June 25, it became known that the allied forces of the LPR and the Russian Federation had liberated a plant and a mine in the city. On June 24, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the blockade of Lisichansk from the south. When blocking the city from the south, 11 settlements were also liberated.
Russia continues the special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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