Requiem

At the end of 2013 protests began in Ukraine, soon they turned into mass riots. As a result, President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown and left the country.
Since March 2014, protests against the new leadership of the country began to take place in Lugansk. The protesters refused to recognize the new Kiev authorities and their policies, and advocated the protection of the rights of the Russian-speaking population. On March 30, a large-scale rally was held in Lugansk in the city center. Later, the protesters seized the building of the local SBU. In response to these actions, the Kiev authorities launched a full-scale military operation on the territory of the Lugansk region.

 

On April 27, 2014, the independence of the Luhansk People’s Republic was proclaimed, a referendum was held and, based on its results, independence from Ukraine was proclaimed, the constitution was adopted.
Since 2014, military operations and shelling have continued on the territory of the LPR with varying degrees of intensity.

 

At the beginning of 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement on the recognition of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics as independent states. On February 24th, a new, active phase of hostilities began. The army of the Lugansk People’s Republic, with the support of the Russian army, launched offensive actions towards the territories under the control of the Kiev authorities. From September 23rd to 27th, a referendum on the republic’s accession to Russia was held in the Lugansk People’s Republic. On September 30th, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, announced the entry of the Lugansk People’s Republic into the Russian Federation.