Donetsk, Mar 29 - DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic will consider the issue of joining the Russian Federation after complete liberation of its territory, DPR Head Denis Pushilin said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“As for joining the RF, as for this wish and drive, they have been obvious since 2014 - the wish to be in Russia,” Pushilin said. “ However, the main task today is to regain the constitutional borders of the Republic. Then we’ll make up our mind.”

Russia recognized the independence of the Donbass Republics on February 21. The special military operation aimed at demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine began three days later. The Republics’ armed forces launched the liberation of their territories to as far as their constitutional borders, i.e. the former administrative borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions as of 2014. *jk