On May 23, 2016, the solemn award ceremony of May 11, 2014, referendum organizers took place in the conference hall of the People’s Council of the DPR. The Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR Denis Pushilin and the vice-chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR Olga Makeeva presented the certificates of honor to the participants of this crucial event.
Denis Pushilin addressed to the participants of the event, mentioning courage and heroism of the organizers and the participants of the referendum.
“There are no analogies of our referendum in the history. That was the first referendum, which was held by people, by people`s efforts and was for people. A great number of the people participated in its organization in the different phases, and every single one of them is a hero. We have to award them all – its thousands of people, and we will certainly do it,” the Speaker of the DPR parliament assured the attendees.
Denis Pushilin reminded that the referendum was held throughout the territory of DPR, and told that the authorities of DPR are responsible for returning of occupied territories.
“The DPR`s areas, that are currently under Ukraine`s control, are occupied territories. And these areas have to be returned. This is how the referendum was held, the people have already decided. We will try to do it by political means. Only time will tell which will come true,” Denis Pushilin noted.
The referendum participant lieutenant Oleg Brusentsev, who lost both legs carrying out the combat mission near Maryinka, was awarded by Denis Pushilin in the hospital.