On May 12, a number of festive events dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the Lugansk People’s Republic took place in Lugansk. The official delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic headed by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko took part in celebrations. The delegation included the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, the Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council Olga Makeyeva, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova.
Upon arrival in Lugansk, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic stated during interaction with journalists that the DPR and LPR were parts of Donbass. ʺWe show the whole world that Donetsk and Lugansk are the same territory, the same country, which is Donbass. And Donbass has never been divided and the fact that two Republics are actually two fraternal peoples,ʺ Alexander Zakharchenko said.
In the framework of the official visit, the DPR’s delegation visited a presentation of a programme for social and economic development of the Lugansk People’s Republic entitled “Our Choice”, which would be implemented until 2023 and which was presented by the Acting Head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik.
ʺFour years of our new history confirmed that we made a correct choice in 2014. The results we have achieved show it. The Republic lives and develops despite all predictions made by our opponents. We steadily pursue a course of the protection of economic, governmental, cultural and spiritual independence, a course of fostering close relations with Russia,ʺ the Head of the LPR said.
He also added that the Lugansk People’s Republic was building its statehood in accordance with international law.
ʺWe implement the Minsk agreements in a clear and constant manner. However, the Kiev regime sabotages its implementation, thus, showing us and the whole world inability to implement agreements reached,ʺ Leonid Pasechnik said.
According to the information of the Acting Head of the LPR, the system of public authorities will be established in the framework of the programme for socio-economic and political development of the LPR called “Our Choice” until 2023.
ʺOur goal is to build strong and independent Republic, which will be able to ensure a decent life for its citizens, the preservation of the people and its safety in political, cultural and economic civilization space with the Russian Federation. This is our choice,ʺ Leonid Pasechnik said.
The Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin gave his congratulation to the citizens of fraternal Republic.
ʺWe managed to adopt the programme on the development of the LPR for the next firve years, the Head of the State (Leonid Pasechnik – Ed.) familiarized us with its main directions. I have to say that the programme itself is very ambitious and it closely fall within the development strategy of the DPR, which name is “The Power of Donbass”. Our objectives are similar, they are clear to our people, our main course aims to Russia,ʺ the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council said.
According to him, there was a discussion of inter-parliamentary interaction issues during the visit to Lugansk.
ʺMy colleague, the Chairman of the LPR People’s Council, and I have a very good idea for the consolidation of parliamentary activities. Steps towards it will be made in the near future. We are still at the stage of discussion,ʺ the Speaker of the DPR Parliament said.
He informed about the plans of the representatives of the supreme legislative bodies of friendly Republics to hold a joint meeting in hero city Debaltsevo.
ʺWe believe that we have to consolidate our actions. We would like to discuss a retreat session of two parliaments in Debaltsevo, which would be symbolic,ʺ the Speaker of the DPR Parliament said.
It should be noted that the official delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic headed by Alexander Zakharchenko arrived in Lugansk to participate in solemn events dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the formation of the Lugansk People’s Republic. A referendum on self-determination of the region was held in the cities and districts of the former Lugansk region four years ago, on May 11, 2014. The popular vote was attended by 96.2 per cent of the population, and 81 percent of the voters voted for sovereignty. Later, on May 12, the LPR leadership established a state holiday – the Day of the Lugansk People’s Republic.
Let us add that the anniversary of the referendum in the DPR was celebrated on May 11. A number of events dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the referendum on the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic were held in Donetsk that day. The major event of festive programme was a procession of the delegations of cities and districts of the Republic, which was dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the formation of the DPR and headed by the deputies of the DPR People’s Council. The official delegation of the LPR led by the Chairman of the LPR Council of Ministers Sergey Kozlov took part in the festive events.