Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin congratulated the brotherly peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the 12th anniversary of the recognition of independence of the republics by the Russian Federation.
“I sincerely congratulate the citizens of the brotherly countries on this holiday! They, more than anyone else, understand what it means to shed your blood, fight against the aggressors with arms and defend your rights  The freedom and independence of the republics came at the cost of thousands of heroes’ lives. The Donetsk People’s Republic reveres the feat and memory of them ... We know how painful it is to lose your loved ones, who rose to fight the armed invaders. We shall always be grateful to our fellow-thinkers for their help and support. I wish South Ossetia and Abkhazia progress and prosperity, goodness, peace and well-being to all citizens!” the Head of State said.