Zugres, Apr 7 – DAN. Enakievo Iron and Steel Works, one of the major enterprises of the region, is to receive feedstock next week, said DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko.

"All necessary agreements have been signed, the next week we expect feedstock supply that will enable the re-launch of Enakievo Steel."

"All the necessary preparations have been done. The most important thing is that we have preserved the plant."

Despite Kiev launching the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) and Donbass economic blockade, a number of Ukraine-registered companies continued to operate in the Republics without paying taxes to LPR and DPR budgets for almost two years.

LPR law on taxation provides that all non-resident companies who failed to register with LPR tax authorities before March 1, are to be put under receivership (external administration).

On February 27, DPR and LPR Heads Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitskiy warned Kiev that the Republics would put Ukrainian companies under receivership and halt coal supplies to Ukraine if the transport blockade was not lifted by 1 March. As Kiev failed to meet the requirements the external management was introduced at 43 Ukrainian enterprises.

Among the Ukrainian companies are such industrial giants as Enakievo Steel Plant and its Makeyevka branch, Khartsyzsk Pipe Plant, Yasinovsky Coking Chemistry Plant, Dokuchaevsk Flux-Dolomite Complex, Konzern Stirol, DTEK enterprises, DonetskStal Steel Plant, Komsomolets Donbassa mine, Zasyadtko mine, Zuivskaya thermal power station.

The halt of coal export from Donbass to Ukraine forced Kiev authorities to declare an emergency in power industry. A number of major enterprises suspended operation.

The first blast furnace was blew-in and the first hot metal was tapped at Enakievo Iron and Steel Works back in 1897, at the times of Russian Empire. It has been one of the most important regional enterprises. It produces steel ingots, pig iron, concast square billets, shapes and bars. *ot