Occupiers glad that "Syria and a number of other countries" ready to recognise Russian-occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions

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ROMAN PETRENKO – THURSDAY, 16 JUNE 2022, 12:17 p.m.

Pushylin and Pasichnyk, illustrative photo provided by separatist media

Leonid Pasichnyk, the head of the self-declared separatist "Luhansk People’s Republic" (LPR), claimed that at the moment "Syria and a number of other countries" are ready to recognise "the independence" of the Russian-occupied Donbas territories.

Source: Pasichnyk, cited by the Kremlin-aligned media agency SS

Details: Pasichnyk didn’t clarify which other countries are ready to recognise the areas known as "certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions" (CADLR).

He also claimed that the majority of residents of the so-called People’s Republic of Luhansk "are in favour of the integration into Russia".

He is certain that the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk will be taken by the Russians, but he is afraid to say when exactly.

Background:

  •     At the meeting of the Russian Security Council on 21 February, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the Russian Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, suggested recognising the so-called  "LDPR" (Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics) within the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine before their partial Russian occupation: "From Mariupol to those historical borders".

  •     Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, signed a decree on the recognition of those two "republics" and treaties "on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance" with separatist leaders Denys Pushylin (DPR) and Leonid Pasichnyk (LPR). In the treaties, the signatories "confirm and respect the territorial integrity and inviolability of the existing borders" of one another.

  •     On 22 February, the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation ratified the treaties "on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance" with the self-proclaimed "DPR" and "LPR".