Miroslav Rudenko: Spring of 2014 was bright page in modern history of Donbass

The deputy of the DPR’s People’s Council Miroslav Rudenko shared his memories of the development of the situation in Donbass during the Crimean spring of 2014 in an interview to the official website of the Donetsk People’s Republic. According to the deputy, it was the will expression of the peninsula’s population and the subsequent reunification with Russia that became the crucial prerequisites for the referendum in Donbass and the proclamation of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

ʺTo my view, the spring of 2014 was one of the brightest pages of the modern history of Donbass.

We saw what events happened in Western Ukraine, where the establishment of parallel authorities in the form of “people’s councils”, seizure of weapons arsenals and creation of paramilitary formations took place. “Maidan” was under way. Moreover, it had media and political support,ʺ the deputy said.

Miroslav Rudenko noted that, unlike the western regions, the events in Donbass developed in the form of a broad public campaign and the self-organization of the population.

ʺThe first events took place in January-February of 2014. It was the most obvious after the coup in Kiev. And this is how “The People’s Militia of Donbass” was born.

To some extent, such actions were an attempt to organize a civil protest in order to place pressure on the local bodies of authority, so that people would not be led by Kiev. Various texts and appeals were published. It seems to me that the most clear political programme of the initial period of the Donbass’s uprising was contained in the ultimatum of “The People’s Militia of Donbass” to the deputies of the Donetsk city and regional councils. We demanded from the deputies to recognize the events in Kiev as a coup, recognize the illegitimacy of all the authorities of the Kiev power and to assume power at a local level,ʺ Miroslav Rudenko explained.

In conclusion, the deputy underlined that it was the events of the Crimean spring and inaction of the part of the local authorities, which led to mass protests and the establishment of a new state.

ʺSevastopol and the events of the Crimean spring were an example to us. Unfortunately, our local self-government authorities did not go for it. And the people took responsibility,ʺ the deputy summed up.

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