Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik has prepared an appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to consider, in accordance with the procedure established by law, the issue of the LPR’s joining Russia.
“I very much hope that I’ll go to Moscow in the nearest future, today or tomorrow,” Russia’s TASS news agency quoted Pasechnik as saying. “I’ve drawn an appeal to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin asking him to consider, in accordance with the procedure established by law, the issue of the Lugansk People’s Republic accession to Russia as a constituent entity.”
On September 23-27, the Lugansk People’s Republic held the referendum on joining the Russian Federation as a constituent entity. Polling stations opened to voters only on September 27; on other dates, voting took place at special venues including public space in residential areas. The CEC set up 461 polling places in the LPR and 201 in Russian regions.
On May 11, 2014, the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics held a referendum on their self-determination as Kiev launched a military operation against Donbass. LPR and DPR independence was supported by 96.2 percent and 89.7 percent of voters, respectively. The Republics proclaimed their state sovereignty on May 12, 2014.
On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the sovereignty of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. He asked the Federal Assembly to support this decision and then ratify a friendship and mutual assistance treaty with the Donbass Republics. On the same day, Putin and LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik signed a friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaty between Russia and the Lugansk People’s Republic. *i*s