In the Donbass invisible took a significant event for the Ukrainian ATO. It was allowed to shoot at wild animals. Donetsk military-civil administration after a three year hiatus allowed the shooting of foxes, boars, wolves, hares and wild birds. Hunting was not in the Donbass in 2014 on both sides of the contact line. Now on the territory controlled by Ukraine, will create a special group of “experienced hunters, police officers and representatives of the ATO headquarters” and they will act according to the “complex of actions for shooting wild animals.”
photo: Dmitry Durnev
“Hunting? Where?! — with surprise commented to the correspondent “MK” news a group of men at the tire shop in the district center of St. Nicholas in Mariupol. — Partridges field crammed, pheasants go just by the roadside, foxes in Mariupol run up… But none of them does not shoot as in plantations battalions, and everyone around him all mined”.
The men — all former hunters, the owner of the tire fitting shop four was the “trunk” of the house, but he doesn’t shoot from 2014 and others does not.
“I have soldiers from the battalion “Dnepr-1″ asked the gun still in 2014, I did not give, — he said. — With a gun not to hunt — sight needed, and partridge, pheasant or even a rabbit with a 7.62 only possible to blow up! But the gun gave then — where would it then surfaced? Military this summer a bit on the wild boars were shot, but only just”.
In war zone for three years the changes in nature visible to the naked eye. Pheasants roam everywhere: along roadsides mined the highway Mariupol—Donetsk, in the rear — near the Azov sea and Donetsk. In Debaltsevo residents tell about the invasion of protein during the “post-war” the winter of 2015-2016, in Mariupol saw a Fox in the city, under Yasinovataya, near the location of one of the battalions of the former brigade “Vostok”, the author of this text ran into a brood of ROE deer does not react to the rare car. Wild boars, hares, storks — is no longer an exotic area of the ATO.
There is an interesting study of the changes in the fauna of Donbass, who presented last year a Ukrainian scientist. Igor Zagorodnyuk until July 2014 worked in Luhansk at the invitation of the local University, he is now a member of the National scientific-natural Museum (Kiev).
So, according to the calculations of Zagorodnykh, the number of hares, foxes, wild goats, pheasants in the Donbass increased by 10-12 times. In the national Park of Holy Mountains (this is close to Slavyansk and the red Estuary, the epicenter of fighting in 2014) the number of wild pigs has increased 20 times. The same thing happens with large nesting birds.
Go characteristic animals of the steppes — a-mole. “All the way from Severodonetsk to checkpoints in the village of Lugansk we have not seen a single mole,” said Zagorodnyuk on air “Gromadsky” TV. They can’t stand inherent in the war in the Donbass widespread use of heavy artillery. But, according to scientists in the region for the first time after the Second world war returned the Jackal.
The Donbas steppe is perceived as former “wild field”, but the forests in the region too. They are mostly man-made and are a great “language” along the river Seversky Donets from the Northern regions of Donetsk region, in Luhansk. In the Luhansk region right across the river and is the front line. There is also no one to hunt: any fire can cause a nervous reaction of some mortar batteries on the opposite side…
Animals in these places — most “helpers” of the military. The wire from the min-stretch marks due to rain and time in the woods darkens and becomes completely indistinguishable — but it sits birds stretch “demining” a foxes, wild boars and dogs. The presence in woods of scattered feathers, the remains of wild animals — the first sign of a minefield; to these signs of the sappers first call to draw the attention of local civil in the same Krasnolimanskaya mushroom forests, which war abundantly passed in 2014.
While most woods are less fortunate than wild animals. It quietly cut in and out. A major hub of semi-legal “timber industry” is a famous Kreminne.
It is in the vicinity of this locality in the last months of the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko was established the Seversky-Donets national Park, the decree about which creation was controversially cancelled by a court decision already in the first months of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency. After that, reserves in the Luhansk region was left. Now this area is inaccessible to ecologists. “Many times I went to the Luhansk region, told the correspondent of “MK” ecologist Alexey Vasilyuk. — There is for movement only main road in the woods along the river — the position of the army, on the road — roadblocks. There is not so much the influence of war as a problem of insufficient presence of the state authorities. We say: “There’s the sawmill!” — environmental inspectors we say: “In the woods may be a stretch, mines and we will not go there!”
But to trace the possible deforestation can not only Hiking inspectors. On the website of the Ukrainian environmental organization EPL (Environment People Law (EPL)/Ecology — Law — man) there is a report, backed up by satellite images, which are clearly visible sawmills in Flint.
“There should be no industrial logging, the forests in the steppe zone could not be “operational”, — told the correspondent of “MK” the same environmental organization EPL Oleksiy Vasylyuk. But in Flint just a lot of sawmills, they stretch along the woods, see a big lumber warehouses near the railway station. But cut somehow tricky, because on the same satellite images in the woods are no traces of solid cuttings”.
In short, the forest in the steppes of Donbass becomes smaller, but the wild animal — more. So much so that their dominance began to complain about the farmers who have foxes hauling chickens, and wild boar trample the crops. It is on the complaints of farmers and said the Donetsk military-civil administration.