• Unrecognized states
  • Independence declared 12 May 2014
  • Head of State Leonid Ivanovich Pasechnik
  • Capital Luhansk
  • Population 1,464,039

In May 2014, the Luhansk People’s Republic proclaimed independence from Ukraine. It did this simultaneously with the neighbouring Donetsk People’s Republic. The territory borders with Russia in the east, and the majority of the population speaks Russian. In February 2022, Russian president Putin formally recognized Luhansk and Donetsk, a deed that led up to the war between Russia and Ukraine.