Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have for four years been shoulder to shoulder with one common goal. This was announced yesterday, May 12, by the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, Denis Pushilin. The Speaker of the DPR Parliament appealed to the audience of 30,000 gathered at a concert at the Theater Square of Lugansk with congratulations on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the founding of the LPR.
“Since 2014 the Donetsk People’s Republic, shoulder to shoulder with the Lugansk People’s Republic, has been step by step heading to victory. Very difficult obstacles have been overcome, but nevertheless we are sure that we will come to victory, because we are moving in the right direction. This direction is towards Russia!” Denis Pushilin emphasized.
Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the deputy chairman of the Committee on CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Victor Vodolatsky joined the congratulations.
“Today all of Russia is with you, today all 450 hearts of deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation have a common heartbeat with your hearts.
Today is your holiday – a birthday. No country in the world has faced that you are now living through. You are passing this period honourably, with courage and dignity. You took up arms four years ago and prevented a new fascism from entering your land. Like your grandfathers, like our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, today you are fighting and countering fascism. We honour and praise you!” said the deputy of the State Duma of Russia.
According to him, the Lugansk People’s Republic has a common future with the Russian Federation.
“The republic will develop with Russia, since we are one brother nation. Nobody can break us, because you and I have a gene of winners, a gene of our ancestors, who always defeated the enemy. <…> The Russian world for us is a single entity. Russia has never abandoned you and never will, because we are together and we have the same blood,” the Russian politician assured.
Acting Head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik in his speech emphasized that four years of independence of the LPR have confirmed the correctness of the choice made by the people of the Donbass.
“I want to congratulate you on the birthday of our Lugansk People’s Republic. We all see that our Republic is moving forward, becoming stronger, and developing. All this is due to our unity, our steadfastness. We can say with certainty that in 2014 we made the right choice, and no one has the right to decide our destiny for us,” Leonid Pasechnik said.
We note that Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR Denis Pushilin attended a concert of Russian stars Alexei Goman, the group “Fabrika” and accordionist Dmitry Shilov as part of the official delegation of the DPR, which arrived in Lugansk to take part in solemn events dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the formation of the Lugansk People’s Republic. The delegation was headed by the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko. Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council Olga Makeyeva and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova are also part of the delegation. Within the official part of the visit, yesterday, May 12, the delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic visited the presentation of the social and economic development programme of the LPR until 2023 “Our Choice” and took part in a meeting with Acting Head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik. Also on this day, the DPR representatives honoured the memory of those who died from the shelling by the AFU of LPR residents and laid flowers at the memorial “We will not forget, we will not forgive!”, which is installed in Lugansk.
Four years ago, on May 11, 2014, a referendum on self-determination of the region was held in the cities and districts of the former Lugansk region. 96.2 percent of the inhabitants took part in the popular vote, 81 percent of the voters voted for the sovereignty. Later on, the LPR leadership established May 12 a state holiday – the Day of the Lugansk People’s Republic.
We add that the anniversary of the referendum in the Donetsk People’s Republic was celebrated yesterday, on May 11. On this day in Donetsk, a series of events timed to the fourth anniversary of the referendum on the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic took place. The key event of the festive programme was the procession of delegations of cities and districts of the Republic, dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the formation of the DPR, which was headed by a column of deputies of the DPR People’s Council. An official delegation from the Lugansk People’s Republic, headed by Chairman of the LPR Council of Ministers Sergei Kozlov, took part in the ceremonial events.