Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Donbass republics ask Putin for military help — RT

The newly recognised Donbass republics in Lugansk and Donetsk have formally asked Russia for military assistance in letters published on Wednesday.

In them, their leaders claim that Ukrainian “aggression” has only increased since Moscow recognized the regions as independent states, earlier this week.

The heads of Donbass People's Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin separately, but both letters were dated Tuesday, February 22.

The DPR’s Denis Pushilin and his LPR counterpart Leonid Pasechnik invoked articles three and four of their newly ratified treaties on cooperation and mutual aid with Russia, asking Moscow to “render aid in repelling the military aggression of the Ukrainian regime,” which they claim is waging war against them.

“Ukrainian aggression is increasing,” Pushilin wrote citing the alleged increase in artillery bombardment targeting critical civilian infrastructure and reportedly leaving 300,000 people without water after the republic's main waterworks were hit. The DNR leader claimed Ukraine is continuing what he called a “genocide” of the civilians, which apparently has forced the evacuation of over 40,000 people so far.

“Actions of the Kiev regime testify that they have no desire to carry out the Minsk agreements and stop the war in Donbass,” wrote Pasechnik, adding that Ukraine is receiving military aid from the US and other Western countries and is “oriented towards ending the conflict with the LPR by force.”

Pasechnik also noted that over 51,000 people have been evacuated from Lugansk so far, more than half of them children.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has insisted there was no military offensive aimed at the two regions, which Kiev considers “temporarily occupied” renegade territories. Ukraine has also accused the DPR and LPR of staging “false flag” incidents against their own civilians to justify a “Russian invasion.”



  1. The heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to offer help in repelling the aggression from the Ukrainian Armed Forces in order to avoid civilian casualties and prevent a humanitarian disaster in Donbass, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

    "Written requests have come through for Russian President Vladimir Putin from Leonid Pasechnik, the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, and Denis Pushilin, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic," he said. "The heads of those republics on behalf of themselves and their peoples express their gratitude to the Russian president for the recognition of their states."

    "Their appeals emphasize that amid the deteriorating situation and threats from Kiev, the republics’ citizens are currently forced to flee their homes, and their evacuation to Russia is ongoing. Amid the continuing military aggression by Ukraine’s Armed Forces, the republics are experiencing the destruction of civil and industrial infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and kindergartens, and worst of all, the deaths of the civilian population, including children," Peskov said, quoting the letters.

    "Kiev is continuing its military buildup along the line of disengagement, simultaneously receiving comprehensive support, including military one, from the United States and other Western states. The Kiev regime is determined to resolve the conflict by force," the letters to Putin say.

    "In view of the above, amid the current situation and in order to prevent civilian casualties and a humanitarian disaster, the two republics’ heads ask the Russian president to help in repelling the aggression of the Ukrainian armed forces and formations, in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 of the friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaties between Russia and the republics," Peskov said.

  2. Los líderes de las Repúblicas Populares de Donetsk y Lugansk, Denís Pushilin y Leonid Pásechnik, han pedido al presidente ruso, Vladímir Putin, que ayude a repeler la agresión de la agresión de Kiev para evitar víctimas civiles y prevenir un desastre humanitario en la región de Donbass, comunicó este miércoles el portavoz del Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov.

    "El presidente ruso, Vladímir Putin, ha recibido cartas de apelación del jefe de la República Popular de Lugansk, Leonid Pásechnik, y del jefe de la República Popular de Donetsk, Denís Pushilin ", dijo el vocero, citado por TASS. "Los líderes de las repúblicas mencionadas, en su propio nombre y en el de sus pueblos, expresan una vez más su agradecimiento al presidente ruso por el reconocimiento de sus Estados", agregó.

    De acuerdo con Peskov, "debido a la situación actual y para evitar víctimas entre la población civil y una catástrofe humanitaria", Pushilin y Pásechnik solicitan en sus cartas a Putin que "ayude a repeler la agresión de las Fuerzas Armadas y formaciones ucranianas sobre la base de los artículos 3 y 4 de los acuerdos de amistad, cooperación y asistencia mutua entre Rusia y las repúblicas".

  3. Ukraine asks for emergency UN meeting over Donbass
    Kiev has made the request in response to newly-recognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics asking for Russian military assistance


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