‘Victory will be ours!’: Denis Pushilin addresses Republic’s residents at rally timed to Day of Liberation of Donbass (in pictures)

On September 8, in the capital’s centre, at the memorial “To Your Liberators, Donbass!”, a solemn meeting was held on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Donbass from the Nazi invaders. The event was attended by Acting DPR Head Denis Pushilin, Vice-Commander of the Operational Command Eduard Basurin, representatives of the Donetsk City Council, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, and residents and guests of the city.

Denis Pushilin congratulated the gathered on the high day and stressed that thanks to the courage of the Soviet soldiers it was possible to liberate the Donbass from the Nazi occupation. According to the Acting DPR Head, their feat became an example for the defenders of the Donetsk People’s Republic, who have been defending the freedom of the Donbass from 2014.

“Dear friends! Fellow countrymen! 75 years ago, our grandfathers defeated the invaders in heavy fighting and liberated the Donbass from the Nazi occupation. In 2014, a new threat loomed on us due to the Ukrainian Nazism, which raised its head, bringing to our land the destruction and suffering of peaceful people. As in the years of the Great Patriotic War, we have gained a historic victory, having vindicated freedom with weapons in hands. This became possible in large part thanks to the fearlessness and heroism of Alexander Zakharchenko, the true leader of his people,” said the Acting DPR Head.

He also added that for the people of Donetsk People’s Republic, today is a great holiday, but it coincided, sadly, with a mournful date – 9 days have passed since the terrorist act that took the life of Alexander Zakharchenko.

“Alexander Zakharchenko was murdered despicably, treacherously. People believed him, loved him, followed him to death. He was not a cabinet official. He was a man of a feat; he had furious raging energy, which helped him to raise the people to fight, to inspire fighters, to win at the fronts…

In this mournful and solemn moment, I appeal to every resident of the Republic. Friends! Brothers! Fellow citizens! We are hard-working, talented and strong people. We will despond, but fill our life with energy and hope! Thanks to him, we united, gathered our strength and will into one fist. We will overcome all difficulties on our way and achieve our goals! The Donbass will be free! The Donetsk People’s Republic will live! The victory will be ours!” Denis Pushilin declared.

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Donbass from the Nazi invaders is celebrated in the Donetsk People’s Republic on September 8. On this day in 1943, Soviet troops entered the city of Stalino during the Donbass offensive operation. On the occasion of this significant event, a series of commemorative events are taking place throughout the Republic, in which Denis Pushilin, the Acting Head of the DPR, and the People’s Council deputies are participating. We shall add that tomorrow, on September 9, parliamentarians together with representatives of hero cities of the USSR will plant trees on the territory of the legendary mound near the temple-monument in honour of the holy Prince Alexander Nevsky. Planting the alley is held with the support of the Russian Center.

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