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You're reading: Oleksandr Nykonorov, Volodymyr Yermolenko: Who’s up and who’s down in Donbas
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) are self-proclaimed entities that emerged in spring 2014 in eastern Ukraine thanks to massive Russian support. Ukraine's attempts to retake them in spring and summer 2014 were stopped by a full-scale Russian military offensive that August. This more or less fixed the demarcation line between Ukrainian government-controlled territory and the pro-Russian separatist-controlled area under the Minsk agreements. Since then, the so-called DPR and LPR have had their own political institutions and economies dependent on Russian supplies and currency. Read more here.

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