Leadership of the "Donetsk People's Republic" has declared independence of the region and has sough accession to Russia.
"Upon the results of the referendum held on May 11, 2014 and based on the sovereignty declaration of the Donetsk People's Republic, we, people of the Donetsk People's Republic, declare that from now on the Donetsk People's Republic is a sovereign state," co-chairman of the "Donetsk People's Republic" government Denis Pushilin said at a news conference on Monday.
"We ask to consider the issue of accession of the Donetsk People's Republic to Russia," Pushilin said.
According to Pushilin, the supreme council formed by the "Donetsk People's Republic" government and security council will become the higher state body of the "Donetsk People's Republic."
"The Donetsk region has always been part of the Russian world regardless of ethnic affiliation," Pushilin said.
"For us Russia's history is our history. Russian and Soviet victories, including in the Great patriotic Warm are our common victories," he said.
"The Donetsk region was part of the Russian empire initially," Pushilin said. "Only after the bloody catastrophe of 1917 it turned out to be separated by conventional administrative borders from big Russia," he said.
"We lived most part of the 20th century as part of Ukraine but this was possible only due to the fact that Ukraine itself was territorial formation of the single state," Pushilin said.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, "our people still hoped that Ukraine, Russia and Belarus will restore their historical unity," Pushilin said. "This hope crashed completely in March 2014, when the Kyiv junta professing neo-Nazi fascist ideology seized power in Ukraine during the revolt," he said.
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