Vladimir Bidyovka: Donbass and Russian Federation have always been inextricably connected
In 2014, Donbass made its choice: we are with Russia and we will not change this course. Over the five years of the existence of the Donetsk People’s Republic, we have been moving step by step along our path, and our interaction has reached a high level. DPR People’s Council Chairman Vladimir Bidyovka spoke about it on the occasion of the State Flag Day of the Russian Federation in an interview with the official website of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
“Donbass and the Russian Federation have always been inextricably connected: a common language, culture, views and aspirations at all times confirmed our unity. The fact that in the harsh times of the Ukrainian aggression the Russian Federation supported our people shows who actually considers us brothers.
Today, citizens of the Republic have the opportunity to obtain citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner, participate in various cultural, educational, and sports events as part of an integration programme, send their children to Russia for treatment and rehabilitation. White KAMAZ trucks are still bringing humanitarian aid to our residents, helping to recover from the consequences of the Ukrainian aggression,” the Speaker of Parliament said.
In an interview, Vladimir Bidyovka noted significant advances in improving legislation by bringing laws in line with Russian standards.
“As for the People’s Council, cooperation has been established at the interparliamentary level with the Republic of Crimea; MPs are visiting various regions of the Russian Federation to exchange experience in law-making. As a result, over the course of five years, the Donetsk People’s Republic has made a significant transition from the Ukrainian legislative field to the Russian one, which is our guideline.
We are grateful for the help and support that the Russian Federation has provided and continues to provide to the Donetsk People’s Republic. I am sure that in the future our cooperation will be fruitful, and its results will make the lives of our citizens better.
I’d like to congratulate all citizens of the Russian Federation on State Flag Day. For residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the State flag of the Russian Federation is one of the symbols of the Russian civilization space, of which we are a part,” the Chairman of the People’s Council concluded.