LUGANSK, July 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - More than one million people have signed the petition to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as part of the action hashtagged #ZelenskyRecogniseDonbassChoice.
A video message to Zelensky from a young resident of Gorlovka (DPR) was posted on social media on May 13. LPR bloggers then created the Donbass Choice website to promote the petition to Zelensky. The number of supporters is expected to reach over one million later on Tuesday.
Donbass residents demand that the new Ukrainian president stop the war, resume the payment of pensions frozen nearly five years ago, and cancel the plans to deploy international peacekeeping missions in the LPR and the DPR. Earlier, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik joined the action.
On Tuesday, thousands of people gathered in the DPR capital’s Forged Figures Park where a real time voice count table was installed.
Participants are holding banners reading “We are one million”, “Zelensky, can your hear us?” “Donbass has made its choice! Donbass Chooses Special Status!”, “Zelensky Give Back our Pensions!” etc. The rally chants slogans urging the Ukrainian president to recognise Donbass’ choice and fulfil the conflict settlement commitments undertaken by Kiev. Shows by performance groups for rally participants are underway.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.
The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
LuganskMediaCentre — 16 July — Lugansk