Joint statement by LPR and DPR Heads Igor Plotnitskiy and Aleksandr Zakharchenko

Society 

We see that our fellow countrymen, Donetsk and Lugansk region residents living in the areas temporary controlled by Kiev, find themselves in a difficult situation. Living in the zone of so-called “anti-terrorist operation,” they suffer from abuse by military-civil autocratic administrations and atrocities committed by National Guard squads. Ukrainian army accommodates personnel and hardware in neighbourhoods, schools, hospitals, industrial enterprises and civil infrastructure facilities thus making local residents its hostages. Organised by Ukrainian government together with radicals, the illegitimate economic blockade is ongoing. It resulted in the severance of social and economic ties between erstwhile consolidated Donbass people. The Donbass areas remaining under Kiev control are on the brink of humanitarian and environmental crisis. Anthropogenic risks are increasing, enterprises are being shut down and living standards continue to decrease.

In this connection we decided to implement a programme of humanitarian aid and environmental safety for our brothers and sisters living in Ukraine-controlled Donbass areas. The main guidelines for humanitarian assistance are medical and educational services, payments to veterans and assistance to divided families.

We wish to underscore that humanitarian foundations have been set up to support our fellow countrymen. The programme also envisions joint cultural, educational and sport events involving residents on both sides of the contact line.

We are concerned over the condition of infrastructure facilities in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. We insist on inspection by DPR and LPR Emergencies Ministries and our humanitarian organisations of water pumping systems at operating and non-operating mines, Popasnaya water utility, Lisichyansk refinery, Zarya (Rubezhnoye) and Azot (Severodonetsk) companies, Voda Donbassa water company, water treatment plants, chlorine storages, Avdeyevka coking plant, Konstantinovka state-owned chemical plant and Dzerzhinsk phenol plant.

We demand an opportunity to monitor utility infrastructure (power- , water- and gas-supply facilities) in Kiev-controlled part of Donbass, which, if damaged, might create problems for DNR and LPR residents. To this end, we insist that unhindered access to Kiev-controlled territory be provided for DPR and LPR humanitarian organisations, as well as for international organisations we have recommended.

Brothers and sisters! Fellow countrymen! Residents of Mariupol and Kramatorsk, Lisichansk and Starobelsk and all Kiev-controlled towns and villages! Let us pool our efforts for the sake of survival and peace, for fighting those who sit in far-away Kiev, Brussels and Washington trying to make us quarrel, who profit from the war.

We stand together with you. We will help.

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