On Thursday, April 6, the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, welcomed participants of the first DPR mobilization assembly of the Republic’s army reservists.
The event was held at the Torez proving ground near Shakhtyorsk.
Addressing the reservists, Zakharchenko noted the great importance of such events.
"The war is ongoing in our land. The enemy is trying to kill us, our children, our parents for the third year running, the enemy destroys our homes, every day the Kiev junta says that sooner or later they will destroy and occupy us all. Every day Ukrainian mass media say that the valiant Ukrainian army must kill us all. And today, in this field, we have shown them all that not only the army alone is at war in Donbass, but the whole nation. Dear friends, I am proud of having been born in Donbass. I am sure that together we will win. Victory will be ours, the enemy will be defeated," said the DPR Head.
After the speech of the Head of State, the Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov gave the following command:
"Soldiers, proceed to receiving arms."
At the training ground, several hundred soldiers from among those who had previously passed military training, received small arms for safe custody. The rest of reservists will be issued with weapons later, after passing all the necessary procedures and special training programs.
In total, the first ever DPR field military reservists’ assembly brought together about 30 thousand people at the Torez training ground. The participants were aged from 18 to 55 years.
Among reservists there were representatives of ministries and departments, cadets, employees of enterprises from all the cities and regions of the country, miners, metallurgists, teachers. Female employees of medical institutions also participated in the assembly. They are the ones to replenish military hospitals’ staff in case of the conflict’s escalation.
The key objective of the mobilization assembly was to drill proficiency of the Republic’s mobilization reserves in the case of a large-scale aggravation of the situation in Donbass.
Official translation by DONi News Agency