• Contested territories
  • Independence declared 12 May 2014
  • President Denis Vladimirovich Pushilin
  • Population 2,302,444
  • Capital Donetsk
  • Anthem Glory to the Republic

The Donetsk People’s Republic is an area in the eastern part of Ukraine which proclaimed independence in Spring 2014, in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. It receives humanitarian and military backing from Russia, and was officially only recognized by—the also unrecognized—South Ossetia. In February 2022, Russian president Putin formally recognized Donetsk and Luhansk, a deed that led up to the war between Russia and Ukraine.