Donetsk celebrates Independence Day
"It has been a long four years since the day when the Donbass, not having reconciled itself with the coup d'etat that took place in Kiev, decided to take responsibility for itself."
Donetsk. April 7: Many thousands of people marched in Donetsk in honor of the anniversary of the proclamation of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
A festive procession of several thousand people in Donetsk today was part of the fourth anniversary celebration of the proclamation of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Novorossia’s correspondent reports from the scene.
Participants in the procession began at the Donetsk Republic Scientific Library named after Krupskaya, from where they walked to the central square named after Lenin, where a solemn meeting took place.
According to the organizers, more than 10 thousand people took part in the march.
The orchestra of the wind instruments of the Donetsk military school headed the column. Representatives of the authorities of the Republic, public figures, youth and veteran organizations were there to take part in the festive events.
The inhabitants carried flags of the DPR, holiday banners, balloons and symbols of the Republic.
A solemn meeting was held in the main square of the capital, as well as a festive concert by the best artists and creative groups.
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Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the People’s Council of the People’s Democratic Republic congratulated all residents of the Republic on the holiday.
“Dear friends! It has been a long four years since the day when the Donbass, not having reconciled itself with the coup d’etat that took place in Kiev, decided to take responsibility for itself. Did we then think that this was only the beginning? Did we then think that a full-scale war would be launched against us? Did we think that they would be killing us with all the weapons available in Ukraine? Did we think that this would last for such a long time? But, could we act differently? Could we bow our heads and resign ourselves to Nazis walking around our streets? Reconcile tourselves to the history of our ancestors being grossly trampled upon? Be reconciled that our children will be ashamed of us? Of course not!
We made a very bold and desperate step, the first step. During these four years many events have passed, good and bad, but Donetsk People’s Republic is. Here are we, citizens of the Republic. We have a goal, we have someone to take care of. We have something to win for, and we will win!” he said.
On the central Artem street, traffic was limited. Security measures were strengthened in the center of Donetsk.
Recall, the proclamation of the DPR on April 7, 2014 was the peak of the Russian spring in Donetsk, along with the May 11 referendum. Two days earlier, a direct participant in these events, the public and political figure, the founder of the Donetsk Peoples Republic, Andrei Purgin, narrated the civil achievement of Donbass, the establishment of the Republic. [Tr note: I will shortly be translating this, item, too…]
Photo-report of David Khudzhets specially for the news agency “Novorossiya”