Opening ceremony of square named after Alexander Zakharchenko takes place in Republic’s capital

On August 28, a solemn event dedicated to the renaming of the square located near Government House after Alexander Zakharchenko took place in Donetsk. The event was attended by the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka, People’s Council’s deputies, representatives of ministries and departments.

The Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin delivered an opening address to an audience.

ʺDear friends! We are standing on a square named after a Hero of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko. This place can be easily called legendary. This is the place, where the people of Donbass expressed their will. By his intransigent attitude, he showed disagreement with what happened in Kiev that time. He disagreed with the coup, suppression of our language, our culture and the imposition of others’ values, ideology and policy.

Alexander Vladimirovich was a defender of people’s will. He was a commander of first militia groups, of those men, who believed our truth. The truth of Donbass. They were ready to defend and they did defend Donbass. Many of them did that at the expense of their lives.

Alas, our freedom comes at a high price. The war has already claimed thousands and thousands of our compatriots. Many of our heroes are no longer alive. And the first Head of the DPR, Alexander Vladimirovich Zakharchenko, passed away. This square will be one of the manifestations of our gratitude and memory,ʺ Denis Pushilin said.

The Speaker of the Parliament Vladimir Bidyovka noted the importance of perpetuation of the memory of the first Head of the DPR and why it was important to tell our descendants about a glorious path he passed.

ʺThe name of the first Head of the DPR, Alexander Vladimirovich Zakharchenko, made it into the history of the struggle of Donbass. The struggle for justice, independence and freedom of our land.

Five years ago, in the days, when the Republic was under continuous shelling carried out by Ukraine, it was him, who the people of Donbass entrusted their lives to and chose him to be the Head of the DPR. It was with him in charge, when our young state emerged in the most challenging times.

This square, where we are standing at the moment, plays a unique role in the Republic’s life and history. This is the place, where people gave up on fascist Ukraine, the place, where they opted for the Republic and Russia. The struggle for justice, equality, freedom, the struggle for people’s lives, to reverse historical injustices – this is what people stood here for and what Alexander Vladimirovich lived and died for.

It has almost been a year since he passed away. He was murdered suddenly and vilely. But we have to remember about his purpose in life, about what he did. The renaming of this square in honour of a Hero of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko will allow us to remember and tell our descendants about him and his glorious path he passed,ʺ the Chairman of the People’s Council noted.

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