Donetsk People's Republic is a young independent country, the freedom of which was confirmed by the highest price - the price of blood and the death of its best sons and daughters. There are those who say that it’s too early to rejoice, that it is impossible to hold lush holidays, as if in conditions when the war is still going on and shelling continues, to blasphemously rejoice. But the young state and its inhabitants deserve the right to joy.
Moreover, the greatest demonstration in Donetsk on the occasion of the Republic Day is the best, most powerful moral response to those neo-Nazis of the “404 country” who attacked the participants of the “Immortal Regiment” throughout the Ukrainian territory where the junta reigns. This is the best answer to that fascist punisher, the grandson of the SS-sovtsa, who dared to raise his hand to the ten-year-old girl Nastya and her mother in Kiev, tearing the St. George ribbon from her child’s clothes. This is the strongest answer to those non-people who in occupied Slavyansk poured green paint on veterans of the Great Patriotic War. And yet - this is a response to external forces that support the pro-fascist regime in Ukraine, who spoke in the UN Security Council against the investigation of the 2 May 2014 events in Odessa, which welcome Mr. Poroshenko, but continue sanctions against Russia despite all common sense.
Two years ago, 11 May 2014, residents of Donbass came to the polls. They are almost one hundred percent in favor of independence from Ukraine. From that Ukraine, which by that time had already managed to become foolish about Maidan, burn dozens (or even hundreds) of people in the Odessa Khatyn and try to do the same in the Donbass, sending “friendship trains” there, stuffed with Bandera (fortunately , in Donetsk, they were given a fitting rebuff).
«Good afternoon, dear countrymen! Hello, dear guests! Friends! Today is the second birthday of our country. Exactly two years ago, we all made our choice together. And we had to weapons in the hands of your choice to protect. You will remember how the enemies shouted that we would not last a month, then - that we would not last six months, a year, two ... Brothers! Stretched out! And today we all together celebrate the birthday of our country! The enemies are trying to destroy us. We created an economic and political blockade. We have a lot of problems, brothers. But if we are all together - we are invincible. We will overcome everything and make our country free and happy! Happy holiday! Happy birthday, country! ” - with such words the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko addressed the crowd of many thousands on Lenin Square.
In his official congratulations to the people of the Republic, Alexander Vladimirovich stressed that the May 11 referendum on May 2014 "led to historical changes in the life of Donbass ". “We have achieved the right to live in our own country, having passed through severe trials and difficulties”- he said, noting that the people of the DPR managed, despite the aggression from the enemy, to open new mines and other enterprises. Also pensions, social benefits are paid, new jobs are created.
When many and many people passed by Zakharchenko and other top officials of the state, who stood on the podium, Alexander Vladimirovich smiled. And it was from what. Perhaps there was no such demonstration in the DPR.
Workers, miners, peasants, teachers, doctors, students from all over the Donetsk People's Republic took part in the celebration. Representatives of enterprises, trade unions, cities, districts walked in the columns ... The column of communists looked very bright.
The colorfully decorated columns of Debaltseve and Gorlovka were especially vigorously welcomed. Each city had its own theatrical platform, symbolizing, as a rule, peaceful work. Residents of Debaltseve made an improvised railway carriage; a fishing vessel was introduced from the Novoazovskiy area, and from Torez, a model symbolizing the shaft.
And representatives of the city of Snezhnoe made the installation of the most famous monument of Donbass - Saur-Mohyla.
Each district of Donetsk also presented its theatrical platform. The columns from the Kiev, Petrovsky and Kuibyshevsky districts - the most affected by the shelling - there was a lot of applause and shouts of "Hurray!" From people who stood on both sides of Artem Street and greeted the demonstrators. The columns were decorated with athletes, people in national costumes.
At the end of the demonstration, a hymn was sounded, a huge national flag was brought to the square, after which a golden rain of confetti waited for all those present. And the holiday ended with a concert on Lenin Square, where the best creative teams of the Republic presented their creativity to people.
In general, the holiday was a success. But behind this gaiety, brilliance and good mood one should not forget what price this right to joy was won.
And here, in the Donbas, this will never be forgotten.