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In an exclusive interview with Aif.ru’s Ekaterina Larinina, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko discussed why Donbass does not want to be part of the “Ukrainian chaos,” economic prospects of the republic, how the Donetsk People’s Republic began, and why the ceasefire is not respected and what is necessary for fulfilling the Minsk agreements.
Alexander Zakharchenko: ~ “A dream. I always dreamed of an independent, prosperous Donetsk state part of the Russian World. I think that many residents of our region also dreamed about this.
Ukrainian politicians understood what the people want, and they constantly promised us, in their election programs and populist slogans, integration with the Russian Federation, a state status for the Russian language, and increased self-government. They promised but always deceived.
The events of 2013-2014 served as a catalyst for the creation of the DPR. The coup in Kiev, the ascent of radical nationalists to power, the repression of all dissent, and the Odessa “Katyn” – all of these events clearly showed that it was impossible to keep on waiting for another deceitful politician to fulfill their promise and listen to the voice of Donbass. If we do not act against brown tyranny today, then it will destroy us tomorrow”.