“Russia – Donbass. Together forever!” meeting with delegation from DPR takes place in Simferopol
On March 16, a meeting entitled “Russia – Donbass. Together forever!” took place near a “To militia of all times” monument on the square near the building of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea.
The Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Head of the Russian Centre Denis Pushilin, the Head of the Republic of Crimea and the Chairman of Crimean Council of Ministers Sergey Aksyonov, the deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Coordinator of the “Russia-Donbass” Integration Committee Andrey Kozenko, the member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Tsekov, the Deputy Chairman of the DPR Council of Ministers Alexander Timofeyev, the Deputy Chairman of the DPR Council of Ministers Dmitry Trapeznikov, the Cossacks of the Crimean District Cossack community, citizens and city guests took part in the event.
Sergey Aksyonov made welcoming remarks to the participants of the meeting.
ʺToday, we are meeting our friends, our brothers. I thank the delegation from the Donetsk People’s Republic headed by Alexander Zakharchenko, who took the time and came to celebrate with us this landmark for all Russians day (anniversary of the Crimean referendum of 2014 on the reunification of Crimea with Russia – Ed.). This means a lot.
Today, our brothers are at the forefront of the Russian world, they have tough times, but because of their persistence and belief in their rightness and victory, they fulfil their duty with honour. I am sure that they will cope and as the real patriots of the Russian land will defend the Russian world. We are proud of them and their courage. Russia – Donbass – Crimea forever!,ʺ Sergey Aksyonov said.
Andrey Kozenko, in his speech, stressed that the Crimeans declared to the whole world that they wanted to be together with Russia exactly four years ago.
ʺToday, we are celebrating the fourth anniversary. The anniversary when we forget what cowardice and treachery are. We are worthy sons of the great Fatherland, Russia. Today, we proudly carry a passport of the citizen of the Russian Federation in our pocket and we will confirm our choice once again on March 18. We will choose the real leader of our great country. It all happened because we were together. We were together with you during the most difficult period of our Motherland’s life. We were together near the State Council. We were preparing a referendum. We were together in Donbass. I am sure that together we will succeed, because we have such leaders with us, which no one in the world has. Because we are strong together!,ʺ Andrey Kozenko addressed the meeting.
The Ataman of the Crimean District Cossack community Vadim Ilovchenko presented the icon of Prelate Luka of Crimea to the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko.
ʺOn behalf of the Cossacks of Sevastopol, I want to give Alexander Zakharchenko our regards. For your courage, for your fortitude and for your loyalty and devotion to the Russian world. On behalf of the Cossacks of the Crimean District Cossack community, let me give you the icon of our locally venerated Prelate Luka, so that it gives you the warmth and care of the warriors of the Russian land,ʺ Vadim Ilovchenko said.
The Commander of the combined regiment of the Crimean militia Sergey Dimov in connection with the anniversary of the referendum presented to the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko and the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin the badges of the militia of the Republic of Crimea for courage and selflessness in protecting the freedom of the people of Donbass.
Alexander Zakharchenko, in his turn, thanked him for his support and called the Crimean Cossacks and militia friends and soulmates.
ʺIt is a common reward. We went to fight not for rewards and we did not come after honours and ranks. We went to fight for our homeland. For our mothers, fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers, Church, Holy Faith and our language. That is why it is a reward of the entire Donetsk People’s Republic. And I am happy I met people like you. The brotherhood, the feeling that was born in trenches, in battles near Novoazovsk, Shakhtyorsk, Debaltsevo, Yelenovka, Lisichansk, Krasnyi Luch, this feeling will never go away. There will be no friendship and brotherhood as truer as Donetsk and Crimea’s ones,ʺ Alexander Zakharchenko said.
It should be reminded that festive events began on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Crimean referendum, which resulted in the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, on March 16 in the Republic of Crimea. In the framework of the celebration, a solemn meeting was held at the Parliament building in the capital of the Republic with the participation of the delegation from the DPR headed by Alexander Zakharchenko, as well as the meeting of the “Russia-Donbass” Integration Committee, during which a twinning arrangement between the Bakhchisaray district of the Republic of Crimea and the Starobeshevo district of the DPR was signed.
It should be noted that more than 20 subjects of the Russian Federation participate in the work of the Committee, which have positive experience in realization of humanitarian projects jointly with the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Within the framework of integration activities between Russia and Donbass, more than 900 joint events were held in 2017, in which more than 5,000 people took part. Also, 14 twinning arrangement have been signed within the framework of the “Russia-Donbass” Integration committee.