Ukraine has seen the independence of the country’s second largest city, Donetsk, as one of the key milestones of the political revolution that brought down President Viktor Yanukovych.
But the city’s independence movement, which has been on the rise since the end of the Cold War, has been mired in controversy since the beginning of the year, as Ukrainian police and the countrys largest independent political party clashed over its future direction.
The unrest in Donetsk, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, is a defining moment in the country, as the region has seen a series of political and social events that have brought about significant changes to the status quo.
According to the latest official figures, the Donetsk region’s economy grew by 11.7 percent in 2015, according to the government’s data, the third highest rate in Ukraine, after Lviv and Donetsk.
In addition, there have been reports of violent clashes between protesters and police, with some reports saying as many as 20 people were killed by the authorities on January 20.
In a bid to break the deadlock, a group of separatist leaders formed an interim government on January 15.
But as the situation deteriorated, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said on February 10 that the country will hold a referendum on the status of the region.
But after several days of clashes between the two sides, Yatseniuk announced on February 17 that the referendum would not take place, saying that the main opposition leaders were still in control of the government.
The situation is now the focus of international condemnation, with the UN and the European Union calling on Ukraine to suspend the referendum, which would effectively be a declaration of war.
But for now, there is little that can be done to halt the bloodshed.
The Donetsk People’s Republic has been the focal point of the Ukrainian independence movement since the start of the revolution in March 2014, with its supporters and opponents often meeting in Donetsk’s central square.
The independence movement gained popularity in 2014 after Yanukovych, a former Soviet Union ally, was forced out of office following the Orange Revolution in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.
Since then, it has attracted a lot of support among ordinary Ukrainians, many of whom have come to the city in hopes of reclaiming their former lands and independence.
The Independence Day parade in the city of Donetsk.