The leader of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic or LPR, Igor Plotnitsky declared that he plans to start gold mining in the territory of the "Republic" in 2018.
"I will try to get our mine, let's say a gold mine, opened in 2018. We shall try to extract our gold, which is located on the territory of our Republic," Plotnitsky stated.
The leader of the LPR also noted that "[gold] will not be extremely profitable, but profit will still be there."
"But that’s also an indicator for us that we have it, and we can do it,” he added. “Secondly, only exploration and work will show whether there are good prospects for this mine and enough ore deposits."