Mobile internet will be completely disabled in LPR

Residents of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) will lose their mobile Internet for an indefinite period. Major mobile operator Mobile Communications Systems (ISS, formerly Lugacom) announced that the service will be excluded from all tariff plans from February 11.

The operator explained this by order of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Mass Communications of Russia of September 10, 2022, as well as the recommendations of the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The service will not be returned “until further notice”.

At the same time, a week ago, the director of the ISS, Eduard Yegorov, said that mobile Internet in the LPR has not been available for a long time. Messages on the operator’s telegram channel show that it was shut down on September 10. In the comments to the publication, it was written that this happened “by order of the executive authority” in connection with “the need to ensure the defense and security of the republic.”

On complaints and demands of subscribers to return money for a paid service, MKS stated that this case does not provide for a recalculation of funds. They explained that compensation is due only in the event of technical failures caused by the fault of the operator.

In an interview, Egorov noted that mobile Internet can be returned “in a few minutes”, but it does not depend on the operator. He also added that he did not know when that would be because the ISS did not specify dates for shutting down and resuming service.

Meanwhile, the pro-Kremlin telegram channel Donbas Decides, citing a “source from Lugansk”, wrote that the mobile Internet was turned off in order to “hinder the work of Ukrainian agents”.

This will affect the Russian army they shouldn’t, as they are already banned from using mobile phones during hostilities. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reminded of this when it tried to justify the deaths of several dozen mobilized on New Year’s Eve in Makiivka. The agency argued that the soldiers themselves were to blame, as the indiscriminate use of mobile phones made it possible to find the site of a missile strike. At the same time, the relatives of those mobilized who went to Makeevka said that the soldiers did not have phones with Russian SIM cards – they bought local ones.

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