Andrey Lysenko, volunteer
Photo: Personal Archive
As of Saturday, May 7, mobile phone SIM card numbers for DPR and LPR residents should already have started with +7, like the Russians. In the Donetsk People’s Republic, after seven, it was proposed to dial 949, in Luhansk – 959. (For information: earlier, to call Russia, you had to “dial” + 38071 and + 38072).
According to the Ministry of Digital Development and the Russian government, these measures are primarily aimed at “liberating the DPR and LPR population from the communication blockade.”
How are the signalmen’s promises being fulfilled? To find out, I called my old friend, a well-known volunteer in Donbass, and not only, Andrey Lysenko.
– … Andrew, hello! Where are you now?
– I come from Mariupol. I can’t talk, let’s go a little later.
Here is my call 2 hours later.
– Hello! You’re back?
– Yes, they brought “humanitarian aid” to Mariupol (as humanitarian aid is called there. – AG)
– Did you go there in your “collection” armored car?
– Yes. Unfortunately, he collapsed and stayed in Mariupol. Low reliable protection. Tomorrow he will be taken to Donetsk. (This car was given to the volunteer by his friends.-AG)
– You were supposed to have a “Russian code”, as it is called, in your mobile communications. Already active? How is this generally considered in Mariupol, in Donetsk, among residents?
– Since we have not had a Ukrainian connection for a long time …
– But I still found the moment when you had a Ukrainian connection.
– It was. Then we got our own telecom operator, but calls to Russia were considered international and were… well, very expensive.
– And how now?
– Today people already called in a new way. They say that the connection is reliable and much cheaper.
When we were returning from Mariupol, there was a guy with me in the car who called his sister on his mobile phone, she moved to Russia, it was almost free for him. Well, at a certain pace. As if he were calling her from Russia. He says – and before the international call immediately “devoured” all the money on the phone. He can now even talk about the weather and ask: how is your health?
– It is empty.
– Many have relatives, friends, acquaintances in Russia. And since the DPR and the LPR are already, at least in their hearts, part of Russia, this measure, in terms of calls, is very timely.
– And in general, the symbol itself – “Russian code” – probably sounds too!
– Yes, another good symbol. Our population does not know the anthem of Ukraine. But everyone knows very well the anthem of Russia and the anthem of the Soviet Union.
– You mean Alexandrov’s melody.
– Yes. And I think that on the eve of the holiday we were presented with such a connection: everything is in the same row.
– I congratulate you on the upcoming Victory Day and on the “Russian code”!
– Many thanks.
ON THE WAY
And one more explanation:
The replacement of the SIM card is not required for the new numbering. All subscribers will receive SMS notifications about the assigned number.
Now, according to experts, the phone +38072-xxx-xxx-xx, which was before, when calling Russia, will be designated as +7 (959)-xxx-xxx-xx.
From Russia, they say, it will also be possible to call, excluding “international” numbering, directly, at +7 (959) -xxx-xxx-xx. True, I have not yet succeeded in this – I did the current interview about the “previous connection”. Apparently the tuning is still going on…
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