Donetsk, Apr 23 – DAN. Russian-speaking people in Ukraine should follow suit of the Donbass Republics and fight for their freedom, the DPR Head Denis Pushilin said.

"The resistance against 2014 coup is a natural, state-of-nation impulse for Donbass. Common people – miners, metallurgists, teachers – stood up to defend their land, rights and ideals. I call upon you to follow suit. I am speaking to you, Russian residents of Ukraine, discard this slavery! The values that unite us are family, friendship, kindheartedness, have made Donbass stronger," he said.

Pushilin emphasized the importance of support from Russia and other post-Soviet countries.

"We are united by common values and shared history. Our power and the way to victory are in our unity. Russian residents of Ukraine, connected to the Russian people by history and culture, also possess the power. The extraordinary power of the Russian character necessary to extricate from the yoke of lies, corruption and betrayal of Ukrainian authorities."*ot