Parliamentarians participate in festive procession “Timeline” on occasion of Republic’s Day (photographic report)

On May 11, a procession of delegations of cities and districts dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the Referendum on the independence of the DPR was held in the capital of the Republic. The procession was led by the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin and the representatives of friendly countries. The Chairman of the People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka, People’s Council’s deputies, heads of ministries and departments, citizens and guests of the capital took part in the event.

Denis Pushilin congratulated the citizens on the anniversary of the Donetsk People’s Republic after the procession.

ʺDear compatriots! I congratulate you on the fifth anniversary of the Donetsk People’s Republic! We said a resounding “no” to the coup, which took place in Ukraine five years ago, as well as lawlessness and tyranny. We stood up all as one for our values, history and culture.

The reunification with Russia has been and continues to be our main goal. And the results of this are obvious! In the end of April, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree on a simplified procedure for issuing the citizenship certificates of the Russian Federation to the citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. This is an important milestone on the history of our state. We have not just become closer to Russia – we are a part of it!

I believe that I will express popular opinion if I say, staying on this stage, the words of appreciation for this crucial and very timely decision. For this gift to the people of Donbass for our main state holiday. Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich! Thank you, Russia! United we stand! Happy Holiday! Happy Republic’s Day!,ʺ the Head of the Republic addressed the audience.

The Speaker of the Parliament Vladimir Bidyovka congratulated the citizens of the Republic on the anniversary in a commentary to the press service of the People’s Council.

ʺOur Republic was through enormous challenges over five years. But we have managed, we have achieved a tremendous success and the procession “Timeline” demonstrated that there are no insurmountable obstacles for us. We have a lot of work ahead, but we are united and therefore – undefeatable. Happy holiday, Republic!,ʺ the Chairman of the People’s Council said.

In turn, a deputy Natalia Volkova reported on the Republic’s achievements in the sphere of economic development, social and cultural directions.

ʺToday, we continue to develop education and science. Hundreds of professionals graduate every year. The personnel reserve of active and talented youth is being formed in the Republic, support to young scientist is being provided. We are also actively working on the preservation and multiplication of cultural achievements.

Yes, all these achievements were made with great difficulty, but it was worth it. The state is five year old, there is a lot of glorious victories behind us – and this is just the beginning! Dear fellow countrymen, I sincerely congratulate you on the Republic’s Day!,ʺ the deputy said.

A parliamentarian Alexey Dorofeyev called the events of May 11, 2014, the most important historical step and congratulated the residents of the Republic on the anniversary of the referendum, which was the beginning of a new era of Donbass’s development.

ʺWe made an important historical step five years ago and we are celebrating the anniversary of the creation of a new state, our Donetsk People’s Republic, today! It is when, we managed to preserve statehood against the will of the Kiev’s authorities. We have created a new history over the years, we have shown that we are fully autonomous and self-sufficient in the economic, military and political spheres. We have proved that modern Donbass can defend its interests. Happy Holidays!,ʺ the deputy said.

A deputy Roman Lepa noted that the Republic had a huge potential for development and expressed confidence about our region being developed and prosperous in the future.

ʺDear compatriots! Five years ago, we all participated in the foundation of a new state on the world map – the Donetsk People’s Republic. We have all seen how the institutions of public administration were established, the People’s council was formed and started to work, kindergartens, hospitals, schools and institutes were created. Today, the industrial objects, which were destroyed and stopped working doe to a blockade, are being restored and resume their work.

The Republic’s life is just beginning. I wish our people health, victories and good mood! This is just the beginning of a great journey, because we know the potential of Donbass and we have something to strive for,ʺ the deputy underlined.

A deputy Miroslav Rudenko noted that the Republic significantly integrated into the economic and culture space of the Russian Federation over five years.

ʺThe fifth anniversary of the referendum on the self-determination of the Donetsk People’s Republic, which took place on May 11, 2014, is the first significant anniversary celebration of our country. The Republic has achieved much over five years: it defended its sovereignty in battles, protected its territory from the ideology of Ukrainian Nazism, built fully functioning state institutions, finds opportunities for the rehabilitation of infrastructure, development of economy and social sphere, education, science and culture. in difficult conditions of hostilities and blockade.

Our integration ties with Russia are getting stronger every day. And we should all remember that the starting point for these achievements was the referendum,ʺ Miroslav Rudenko said.

In conclusion, the People’s Council’s deputy, Chairman of the faction “Donetsk Republic” Valery Skorokhodov added that the DPR established itself as a state.

ʺToday, industry is being rebuilt, economic cooperation with friendly countries are being opened, infrastructure of our cities is being restored and developed in the Donetsk People’s Republic. We implement new projects and look to the future with confidence. Over the five years we have overcame many difficulties, much remains to be done. But it is safe to say that the Donetsk People’s Republic has been established! And I am sure that new victories and achievements are waiting for us!,ʺ the parliamentarian said.

It should be reminded that the referendum on the self-determination of the Donetsk People’s Republic took place on May 11, 2014. Its state independence was supported by 89% of voters – more than two million people. The Donetsk People’s Republic declared its sovereignty on May 12, 2014.

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