Donetsk, Feb 17 – DAN. Nearly 162,000 DPR residents have signed the petition urging world leaders to stop Kiev’s genocide in Donbass, the Republic’s parliament press service told Donetsk News Agency on Friday.

“As of 5:00 p.m. 17 February, 161,733 residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic supported the petition; signature collection is ongoing,” the press service said.

On 31 January, DPR and LPR People’s Councils chairmen Denis Pushilin and Vladimir Degtyarenko brought forward a joint petition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel asking them to make Ukrainian leadership stop the Donbass genocide. *jk