Republic’s officials participate in Russia Day celebrations

On June 12, in the capital of the Republic, a solemn meeting was held to mark Russia Day. The event was attended by DPR Head Denis Pushilin, People’s Council Chairman Vladimir Bidyovka, People’s Council deputies, representatives of ministries and departments, guests and residents of the Republic.

During the speech, DPR Head Denis Pushilin announced that Russia Day would become a public holiday in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

“Friends! I am glad that we are carrying out this action as a sign of unity and solidarity with the people of Russia. We feel ourselves part of the great Russian world, we are proud of Russia, we are grateful to it. I am sure it will be fair to declare Russia Day a state holiday of the Donetsk People’s Republic. And next year, celebrate June 12 officially.

Russia Day is our holiday too, and it’s not for nothing that so many people have gathered on this square today! Because the history of our land is inextricably linked to the mighty history of Great Russia. We have common spiritual traditions, values and ideals.

The Russian Federation is a constant reliable partner and friend of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Integration processes bring us closer, things that had been consciously destroyed are being restored. We have already gone a long way home. I am confident that we will achieve our goal,” Denis Pushilin said.

Parliament Speaker Vladimir Bidyovka joined the congratulations, recalling the invaluable support from the Russian Federation in difficult times for the Republic.

“It is difficult to overestimate the significance of the help and support that the Russian Federation has provided and is providing us now. From humanitarian convoys that helped our citizens in the most difficult times, to the signing by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin of a decree on simplifying the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship – we could always be sure that Russians would not abandon their people. We are together, and every day we become only closer to our Homeland!

We have come a hard way for five years. For our right to speak Russian, to be Russian, we paid an exorbitant price. Now we are returning to our historical roots, and soon the first residents of the Republic will receive long-awaited Russian citizenship. We will not retreat, because we know for sure that we have one Homeland – Russia!” Vladimir Bidyovka said.

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