The country becomes the second to recognize the independence of the Donbass republics, after Russia
Syria has recognized the independence of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR, respectively), which announced their intention to secede from Ukraine in 2014 and were officially recognized by Russia in February.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon, citing sources within the Foreign Ministry in Damascus.
“Embodying the common will and desire to establish relations in all fields, the Syrian Arab Republic has decided to recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic”, the report read.
The republics, which together form the Donbass region, both declared independence from Ukraine in 2014, after a Western-backed coup toppled democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych. kyiv’s army then waged an eight-year war against the two republics, until Russia recognized their independence in February, two days before the start of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
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