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11 May 2017, 14:30

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Lugansk People’s Republic marks 3rd anniversary (PHOTOS)

The Lugansk People’s Republic marked its third anniversary in a solemn ceremony  on Lugansk World War II Heroes Square on Thursday.

LPR and Lugansk administration officials, youth organisations activists and city residents attended the event.

The LPR flag was hoisted by “Dobrovolets” (Volunteer) Basic Military Training Club cadets Olga Rogovets and Igor Golovochev. The wind band of the Matusovskiy Lugansk State Culture and Arts Academy played the LPR hymn.

“The third anniversary of the Lugansk People’s Republic shows that we have been gaining our state sufficiency slowly but surely. These free years demonstrate that the Republic has succeeded as a state,” LPR Council of Ministers acting Deputy Chairman Alexander Drobot said.

“We already can talk with confidence about our agricultural and food security; our economy is becoming stronger. That the contact line is within a stone cast from Lugansk is a major hindrance, but LPR People’s Militia and all necessary services work towards ensuring a comfortable existence of our Republic.

“The process to establish (the Republic - eds Lugansk Media Centre) was rather difficult but we’re passing it steadily. The republic has succeeded, it moves on steadily, as it shown by our state symbols, our coat-of-arms, hymn and flag which are symbols of an independent state,” LPR Culture, Sports and Youth Minister Oksana Kokotkina said.

Three years ago, on 11 May 2014, the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics and the territories controlled by Kiev forces held a referendum on LPR and DPR self-determination. Voter turnout in Lugansk Region made up 81 percent and in Donetsk Region 75 percent. LPR and DPR independence was supported by 96.2 percent and 89.7 percent of voters, respectively.

The Republics proclaimed their state sovereignty on 12 May 2014.

LPR marks Republic Day on 12 May. It is a non-working holiday established by LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy’s decree.

LuganskMediaCentre — 11 May — Lugansk