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DNR-2015: the year between war and peace


Donetsk People's Republic, together with the whole world, has overcome the New Year's line. Between war and peace - this is the last year for the young state. A dramatic and controversial 2015 passed between shelling and lull, between devastation and restoration, between suffering and overcoming it.

From the very beginning of this year, the ukrofashists began provocations against the DPR and the LPR, which intensified especially after the provocation near Volnovakha, where on January 13 a passenger bus was shot at. We remember that Mr. Poroshenko tried to put the blame on the defenders of the Donetsk People's Republic, even stood with a poster "I Volnovakha."

And soon after that, in Donetsk, one of the most tragic incidents occurred - on January 22, a trolleybus that followed the 17 route came under fire from the ukroterrorists. It happened at the bus stop at the hour when people were driving to work. As a result, 18 people died, dozens were injured.

The Pitmen remember those terrible days with horror - they say that the shelling the city was subjected to at that time was stronger than those that shook the streets in the summer of 2014.

A gross violation of the “Minsk-1” sideways came out of the Kiev junta - as a result, it finally lost the territory of the Donetsk airport, and also suffered a crushing defeat in Debaltseve.

Debalcevo - the consequences of fighting

Debaltsevo - railway station

The release of Debaltsevo and Uglegorsk, carried out by joint forces of the armies of the DPR and the LPR, can be called the main victory of the Armed Forces of New Russia last year. But this victory came at a high price - hundreds of fighters died. The cities themselves have been hit hard. In one of the battles for Debaltseve, the head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, who was personally involved in the battles, was injured and thereby considerably raised the morale of the Donbass defenders. As soon as the city of Debaltseve was liberated, the restoration of the destroyed objects began immediately - first of all, the railway station.

Almost simultaneously with the victory of Novorossia, Minsk-2 was concluded. Ukrohunta actually asked for mercy, otherwise she could suffer even more serious defeat. One can argue a lot about whether the Minsk-2 was useful to the People's Republics or did more harm, but one thing is clear - the truce allowed peaceful construction and allowed hundreds of thousands of people to breathe more freely.

Although all this time the truce was very, very relative. A cannonade constantly sounded, suburbs were constantly fired upon, and it happened that the shells of the ukrokateryel reached the center of Donetsk. Other cities suffered, in particular - Gorlovka.

The most important demonstration of the unbroken spirit of the people of the DPR, perhaps, were the celebrations on the occasion of Victory Day. On May 8, thousands of people came to the destroyed memorial on the Saur-Grave, and on May 9 a grand parade took place in Donetsk itself. People came with children, although there were real threats of various provocations.

Parade 9 May

And two days later, many residents of the capital of the DPR and other cities marched along Artem Street in a solemn march in honor of Republic Day. After all, it was 11 of May 2014 of the year that memorable referendum was held, in which almost 100% of citizens said “Yes” to independence.

Republic Day

The end of May was darkened by the tragedy in Gorlovka. 26 May - just on the anniversary of the first bombing of Donetsk - the junta committed a new crime. The house of the Tuv family was almost completely destroyed, 11-year-old Katya died, as well as her father. Katya's mom, Anna, was left without a hand, 3-year-old Zakhar also suffered.

Mourning rally in Donetsk in memory of the victims of the shelling of Gorlovka, May 28

Gorlovka, center, residential building

June was remembered by one of the main events of cultural life - a grandiose concert by the world famous pianist Valentina Lisitsa. She came to the Donbass despite the fact that in the West against her unleashed a real persecution. 22 June, on the Day of Memory and Grief, countless people came to the memorial "Your Liberators, Donbass". It was there that the pianist gave a concert of classical music.

Valentina Lisitsa and Alexander Zakharchenko, June 22

But July was remembered by another large-scale shelling by the Ukrainian warriors.
18 July, when a monument to the “father” of the landing troops VF Margelov was unveiled in Donetsk, had to go from the event to the whistle of shells. The center of Donetsk suffered - a lively place near the Amstor store on Universitetskaya Street. There were dead and wounded.

Opening of the monument to V.F.Margelov

Aftermath of Donetsk shelling by punishers of Kiev junta, July 18

Contrary to the crimes of the punishers, the cultural life in the DPR simply boiled. Artists came from Russia - in particular, Yulia Chicherina, Rada Rai, Denis Maidanov, Dema Gromov, Boris Galkin and, of course, a native of Donbass, Joseph Davydovich Kobzon.

Y. Chicherin performs in the park to them. Shcherbakova

Iosif Kobzon on Miner's Day

A great number of various exhibitions, poetic and musical evenings, presentations of books were held in the Republic. A festival of poetry and art song “Big Donbass” was held, at which, in particular, such a classic of the genre, Alexander Mirzayan, performed. And the most notable event in the culture, perhaps, can be called the magnificent production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera “The Masked Ball”.

Masquerade Ball at the Opera and Ballet Theater

Numerous sporting events took place, the most notable of which are two friendly matches between the football teams of the DPR and the LPR. One of them was held in August in Donetsk, the other on the territory of the sisterly Lugansk People’s Republic. It so happened that in Donetsk the team won the DPR, and in Lugansk - the LC. However, as fans chanted, “Donetsk, Lugansk are united - we are invincible!”

Football match between teams of the DPR and the LPR at the Metallurg stadium, Donetsk

Rђ RІRѕS, tank biathlon, unfortunately, was overshadowed by a terrible tragedy - in one of the tanks put up for public viewing, an explosive device went off. A girl died and another child received burns. The most likely version that the law enforcement authorities of the DPR adhere to is a terrorist act carried out by a Ukrainian saboteur.

On tank biathlon

At the end of August, traditional holidays such as the Day of the city of Donetsk and the Day of the Miner took place on a grand scale. And September 8 is another holiday that can be called a symbol of the resilience of the mining region - the Day of Liberation of Donbass. A sea of ​​people gathered at the memorial "Your Liberators, Donbass", a lot of people arrived at Saur-Grave ...

Celebrations at Saur-Tomb. Alexander Zakharchenko speaks to the audience

Rally at the memorial "Your liberators, Donbass"

Generally, in contrast to Ukraine, in Novorossia they truly honor history. The Day of Partisan Glory, the Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution, the Day of the Liberation of Ukraine from Fascism - all these dates, desecrated in the territories controlled by the Kiev junta, were desecrated. And in the DNR and the LC, they were solemnly celebrated. New holidays were introduced - the Day of the National Flag of the DPR, St. George's Ribbon Day ...

7 Nov

St. George's Ribbon Day

2015 year was also the year of close cooperation between the People's Republics and Russia. This cooperation was in all spheres - economic, political, educational, cultural ... Numerous humanitarian convoys from Russia helped the inhabitants of the region ruined by the junta survive in difficult conditions. Republic last year successfully switched to the Russian ruble. The hryvnia is almost extruded. Store shelves are filled with goods from Russia. Many signs that were in Ukrainian - now in Russian. Pupils study according to the Russian program, according to Russian textbooks.

It is not surprising that the Donetsk residents responded wholeheartedly to the tragedy when the Russian plane crashed over Sinai.

Donetsk residents launched white balloons as a sign of mourning for those killed in a plane crash

Contrary to the ongoing shelling, the restoration of industrial facilities, housing, and infrastructure is in full swing in the DPR. Not all at once, of course. At the mines open new mine workings. The enterprises stopped earlier are put into operation. Hospitals, kindergartens and schools are being restored ...

A miner demonstrates a piece of coal mined at the opening of a new lava mine at Progress Mine

Speaking about the important events of last year in the DPR, it is impossible not to remember the prominent figures in the LPR who died in the fight: this is the mayor of Pervomaisk Yevgeny Ishchenko, the commander of the "Ghost" Alexey Mozgovoy, the commander of the 6 separate Motorized Rifle Cossack regiment
Pavel Dremov. They say different things about their death. Whoever is the killer - saboteurs, directly related to the APU or traitors among their own - they will be overtaken by this or the other world. But the memory of the legendary commanders, fighters for the New Russia, will not die ...


... December 25 of last year, the Pitmen gathered at the opening of the Republican Christmas Tree. They lived this difficult year and deserved a holiday.

At the same time, the restored clock on the building of the Central Post Office was also opened. Hours that were stopped during the "euromaidan". And now, depending on the time of day, they play every hour the melodies of the songs “The Barrows of the Dark are Sleeping” and “In the Clear Sky of Donetsk”. There is still much to go through, but let the sky of Donetsk remain clear!

Monument to fallen citizens of the DPR: first there was a stone, then - roses

Alexander Zakharchenko at the opening of a memorial plaque in honor of the DPR Hero Oleg Grishin, who fell at Saur-Tomb

In the end, everything is just beginning
Photos used:
Elena Gromova
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  1. meriem1
    meriem1 5 January 2016 08: 11
    These People do not smash!
  2. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 5 January 2016 08: 21
    I wouldn’t have bought at the Minsk agreements, the borders would have been where it was necessary and the euro ended and people would have lived in their houses, and not in the basements. And now it's almost a year of expectations and hopes ... Worse is no wait and catch up ...
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 5 January 2016 08: 33
    In the end, everything is just beginning... This New Year ... will be decisive .. The Minsk agreements were not extended on paper, only in words ... The junta's hands were formally untied ..
  4. Same lech
    Same lech 5 January 2016 08: 34
    Except for some points, ELENA wrote correctly, Russia should not weaken its support for the long-suffering but courageous people of DONBASS and LPR.
    Right now that reinforced concrete monolith is crystallizing there that cannot be broken by any POROSHENKO, NATO or WASHINGTON.
    A fighter in battle always defeats a coward.
  5. Egoza
    Egoza 5 January 2016 08: 49
    Drunkenness in the ranks of the Ukrainian army with the beginning of the New Year holidays led to the abandonment of military positions, which led to the freezing of military equipment along the entire front line.
    This was announced at a briefing by the deputy commander of the DPR Ministry of Defense corps Eduard Basurin, citing intelligence data.
    “With the beginning of the New Year holidays, the enemy significantly undermined its combat readiness. The unbridled drunkenness of the Ukrainian military has led to the abandonment of their posts and the freezing of military equipment in positions, ”said the castle corps.
    Basurin added that, despite the preparation of the APU for hostilities, the Ukrainian army is in decline.
    “The fighters are demoralized, military equipment is not ready for battle,” he said, emphasizing that only provocations and sabotage carried out by mercenaries, among others, continue to aggravate the situation on the line of contact.
    1. svp67
      svp67 5 January 2016 09: 14
      Madam hi

      Mishiko amused me again. Well, who gave him this "armor", not otherwise "Putin's agent" lol
      1. Lelek
        Lelek 5 January 2016 13: 00
        Quote: svp67
        Once again, Mishiko amused me.

        This is the profession of a clown.
  6. Bassoon
    Bassoon 5 January 2016 09: 29
    These people are stronger than steel.
  7. Lelek
    Lelek 5 January 2016 12: 59
    Author Elena Gromova

    Thank you, Elena, for a wonderful selection of our Russians in the DPR and LPR. May God grant them perseverance, peace and happiness in 2016 and beyond. Russia is with you.
  8. PValery53
    PValery53 5 January 2016 14: 34
    The photographs give the impression that the hardworking and peace-loving Soviet people live in the Donbass. Everything is so imbued with the spirit of collectivism. The perishable influence of the "big dependents" -oligarchy is not felt. Another would be to eliminate the threat of hohlocaratels, and "the native country would live, and there are no other concerns." But ... Big politics, be it wrong.
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 5 January 2016 15: 20
      Many thanks to Elena for a great article. Largely thanks to you and some other authors, we are here in Russia and find out the truth about what is happening now in the Donbass.
      I wish the people of Donbass peace of peace and that they would reunite with their territories now occupied by the Kiev regime as soon as possible and finally become independent or become part of Russia if its population so desires. And we will be happy to accept you as we previously joined Russia and saved the Crimea from war and destruction.
      Good luck and happiness to the whole Donbass.
    2. Lelek
      Lelek 5 January 2016 19: 00
      Quote: PValery53
      Another would be to eliminate the threat of hohlocaratels, and "the native country would live, and there are no other worries."

      But this is not to be expected. It seems that the Verkhovna Rada and the "rukivodstvo" of the former Ukraine are only busy inventing new piles for their neighbors.
  9. Sergey-8848
    Sergey-8848 5 January 2016 20: 11
    Cunningly ... an invented method with energy hunger. We de broke. Due to the fact that we ourselves lack time and once (dancing), meanwhile, the Russians will throw something up to their own. Well, we’re the most cunning, after that - we’ll either feed one more of our disconnected hut for saved energy, or pretend to be a valenok, and we will continue about aggressors and gas-genic fakes tryndet. Frost he - here!
  10. kotuk_ha_oxote
    kotuk_ha_oxote 6 January 2016 13: 09
    Quote: quilted jacket
    Many thanks to Elena for a great article. Largely thanks to you and some other authors, we are here in Russia and find out the truth about what is happening now in the Donbass.
    I wish the people of Donbass peace of peace and that they would reunite with their territories now occupied by the Kiev regime as soon as possible and finally become independent or become part of Russia if its population so desires. And we will be happy to accept you as we previously joined Russia and saved the Crimea from war and destruction.
    Good luck and happiness to the whole Donbass.

    I read an article - continuous holidays and parades in the midst of shelling. For all this, there is only one production moment - a new lava in a coal mine that goes to Ukraine. Feast in Time of Plague. And no Russian passports promised by the propagandists, nor a land corridor to the Crimea, nor a peaceful life. No results of the work of the local leadership in restoring the infrastructure are visible.
  11. Balagan
    Balagan 8 January 2016 18: 20
    Neither of which, nor of what ... Crimea escaped from under the occupation, it remains to pull out the remaining Russian lands from under Bandera's occupation.
    To a higher post.
    Yes, it always has been. It only seems that war is all life. A lot of work is being done beyond its scope. Watch an interview from the DNI or LC. People say that about life, but between the lines, they say they shoot. For the first time back in the 80s, when I was a student, I was surprised when you leaf through newspapers during the Civil War, and there’s an ordinary life, only sometimes it will slip through, such students passed early exams and left to fight or pass their tails, since they fought in the summer and they were late at the beginning of the school year. Well, or next orders of the new authorities. Yes, everything will be fine. Moscow was not built immediately, however winked
  12. Roman13
    Roman13 8 January 2016 23: 00
    God bless this blessed and long-suffering land !!! More and more often I think that in Mother Russia we need to learn a lot from the people of New Russia, their cohesion, patience and faith in their future. God is with Russia and New Russia !!!