Civilians killed by AFU attack commemorated in Donetsk

On January 22, a mourning rally was held in Donetsk in memory of civilians who perished as a result of shelling of the Bosse microdistrict.  Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka, MPs, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Pereverzeva, representatives of ministries and departments, as well as residents of the Republic, attended the event.

The Head of the Republic addressed the gathered with an opening speech.

“There are war crimes that are particularly cynical and ruthless. Today is a remembrance day of one of them. Five years ago, a horrific tragedy happened, and, alas, it was staged. This is the work of ordinary people who used to live with us in the same state. Ukrainian saboteurs fired deliberately at a time when the bus stop was particularly crowded, when there were a lot of people.

Did the central authority know about it? It did, unfortunately. We shouldn’t be sanguine about it. The Donbass people just hate the Kiev regime, be it the old or the new one. They don’t need us.

We must remember all the crimes that have been committed against the people of Donbass. We gather here every year to honour the memory of perished civilians. To support those who were injured and suffered here. We must be aware that this is our common tragedy. We must do everything to prevent this from happening in the future.

There are no words that could comfort the family and friends. May the memory of the perished live forever!” Denis Pushilin said.

In turn, Vladimir Bidyovka made a point that the best way to honour the memory of the dead is not to deviate from the path chosen in 2014 and make every effort to establish a speedy peace in the Republic.

“Five years ago, Ukrainian war criminals targeted a trolley bus, killing and seriously injuring civilians. This crime cannot be justified in any way.

They say that time heals all wounds, but standing here we understand that this is far from the case: too many civilians died in this war, too many soldiers laid down their lives. We have no right to forget about them; they must always be in our memory, we must always take care of their relatives. And, of course, recalling them, we have no right to deviate from the path that we embarked on in 2014, and our goal is peace, truth, Russia.

May the memory of the perished live forever,” the Speaker of Parliament said.

During the event, participants honoured the memory of the perished civilians with a minute of silence and laid flowers at the memorial sign.

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