Voters vote in a referendum on joining Russia in Donbass. Foto/katehon.com
Launching from Al Jazeera, Donetsk, which is located in the Donbass Basin region, is the center of steel production in Ukraine.
While Luhansk is an industrial city. Where the existence of these two cities in the eastern region and directly adjacent to Russia.
The two regions previously came into conflict with the Kiev army in 2014 when the insurgency was also supported by the Kremlin.
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It said the uprising was the result of discrimination experienced by ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin also presented various evidences that Ukraine had committed genocide in the region.
To resolve this, the 2015 Minsk agreement was formed. However, this did not go smoothly.
Reporting from the BBC, a month after the invasion, Russia scaled back its ambition to seize the capital Kiev and shifted its focus to Donbass. At the end of March, he claimed to have controlled 93% of Luhansk and 54% of Donetsk.
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According to Sam Cranny-Evans of the Royal United Services Institute. If Russia succeeds in occupying Donetsk and Luhansk then it will bring down the mentality of the Ukrainian troops.