KIEV, May 27 (RIA Novosti) – The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s interim government has asked for Moscow’s assistance and said the region is switching to Russian law.
In an online video request, Denis Pushilin said amid the tough situation Donetsk could face a humanitarian catastrophe. “That’s why we are forced to turn to all the Russian people to provide us with any possible help,” he said.
“While we nevertheless continue building civilian institutions, and I announce that we are switching to the Russian legislation. This is a forced and urgent measure,” Pushilin said.
On Monday, Donetsk was targeted by a special operation. After a battle at the Donetsk airport, the self-defense forces retreated after having been bombed by Ukrainian aircraft. National Guard units of the Kiev regime began moving towards the center of the city, but Federalists blocked their path with vehicles. A shootout later broke out.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics in eastern Ukraine held referendums on self-determination on May 11, with over 90 percent of voters supporting greater autonomy. Both republics signed a treaty on May 24 to establish the Union of People’s Republics.
The May 25 early presidential vote in Ukraine came amid a large-scale military operation launched by the Kiev regime to crack down on protesters in the east refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the government.
Ukrainian billionaire Petro Poroshenko won the election, garnering 54.5 percent of the vote in Ukraine’s presidential election with 95 percent of ballots counted, the country’s Central Election Commission announced Tuesday. Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko came in second place with 12.9 percent.