DPR and LPR intend to create a common economic space – agency – Business & Economy
DONETSK / LUGANSK, September 6. / TASS /. The heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (RDP and RPL) Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik have agreed to establish a common economic space, we read in the statement published at the end of their meeting which took place. is held Monday by videoconference.
“The Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic declare the creation of strategic partnership relations between them in the economic, customs and fiscal fields â, indicates the declaration which is quoted by Donetsk News Agency.
“The parties express their commitment to strengthen and develop economic cooperation on key bilateral issues, mainly by creating a unified economic space,” said the joint statement.
The DPR and the LPR will coordinate their efforts as well as an exchange of experiences and information in the fields of economic, customs and tax regulations, the statement notes. To this end, the republics have agreed to synchronize their legislation in these areas as well as to adopt and carry out synchronized social and economic development programs for 2022-2024.
Mass protests erupted in eastern Ukraine, mainly populated by Russian-speaking citizens, following a coup in Ukraine in February 2014 and the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. In mid-April of the same year, the Kiev authorities launched a military operation in Donbass in response. The intensive bombardment of residential areas, including the use of aviation, has caused a large-scale humanitarian disaster in the region. The armed conflict has left more than 13,000 dead and more than 30,000 injured. Up to 1,500,000 people have been internally displaced.
Amid the escalation of hostilities, the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions outside Kiev’s control held referendums on self-determination on 11 May. The participation rate in the LPR was 81% and the RPD was 75%. Self-determination was supported by 96.2% and 89.7% respectively. The next day, May 12, 2014, the state sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics was proclaimed.