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South Ossetia Appoints Envoys to Donetsk and Lugansk Republics

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South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov appointed his country’s official envoys to Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, his press spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Representative offices of the two self-proclaimed republics opened in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinval on May 16 with an eye to promoting mutually rewarding economic and humanitarian ties between them.

“President Leonid Tibilov appointed Taimuraz Gibizov and Soslan Karayev official South Ossetian representatives in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR)”, Gana Yanovskaya told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic attend a rally in Donetsk on May 11, 2015 to mark the first anniversary of referendums called by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to split from the rest of the ex-Soviet republic - Sputnik International
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The Republic of South Ossetia officially recognized the Lugansk People’s Republic on June 19 and the Donetsk People’s Republic on June 27, 2014.

South Ossetia opened its diplomatic missions in the DPR and LPR in April 2015, and the two opened their own missions in Tskhinval later that same month.

The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics declared themselves as sovereign states in April 2014 following referendums on their status.

The plebiscites in the two Ukrainian regions were organized by federalization supporters who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government that came to power in Kiev following the February ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.

The two republics then formed their own administrative bodies and in November 2014 the local residents went to the polls to elect their heads of state and their republican legislatures.

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