Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation from the legislative power of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Tsekov addressed residents of the Republic with a welcoming speech and congratulated them on the opening of the Russian Donbass integration forum.
“We, the Crimeans, as well as the citizens of our great country, Russia, have great respect for the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. You have had a difficult ordeal, you defend your right to freedom with weapons in your hands, withstanding aggression of Ukraine, a country that gained its independence peacefully from the hands of the Russian state. Nevertheless, Ukraine does not give that right to you, the citizens of Donbass, who did not put up with the 2014 coup d'état in Kiev. But you should know that you are not alone, Russia is with you! We understand that you are not just an integral part of the Russian world, you are its defenders! By protecting yourselves, you are protecting us, and we are very grateful to you for that! Know that we remember you every day, remember your courage and heroism. Freedom to Donbass!” Sergey Tsekov emphasized.