The Donbass will build a state despite Kiev’s shelling and provocations and will transfer its culture and traditions to future generations, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said in a congratulatory address to the republic’s citizens published on the official website of the head of state on April 7.
Addressing his fellow citizens, the head of the republic reminded that seven years ago the citizens of Donbass “declared their right to statehood … at the international level” and built the state for seven years amidst the Ukrainian army’s shelling and provocations.
“The historical path we are on entails difficulties and trials,” Pushilin said. “But no one will ever force us refuse of the memory, the culture, the traditions that we inherited from our ancestors and that we are obliged to transfer to future generations.”
The head of the DPR reminded that “Donbass symbolizes the fortress of the Russian world” and assured fellow citizens of the definitive victory.
After the coup d’état in Ukraine, residents of the southeastern Ukraine – historically Russian regions of the country – rebelled against the Ukrainian nationalists who seized power. By April 6, protesters in Donetsk had seized regional administration buildings, and as early as April 7, 2014, the establishment of the Donetsk People’s Republic was announced.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency