Donetsk, Feb 21 – DAN. DPR residents celebrate the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize both Donbass Republics as independent states, launching fireworks in the centre of Donetsk.

Dozens of Donetsk residents have gathered at the city's central square, bringing Russian flags, DAN correspondent says.

Many people take to the streets to congratulate each other, despite the late hour. Some of them are crying, releasing the tension after Putin's long televised speech preceding the recognition.

The sound of shelling ceased. 

Lugansk residents say that the city and the contact line are silent. *ot