Peskov then said that it was only obvious that Kiev's delay in the implementation of the Minsk agreements would complicate the situation with respect to the republics. They also believe that the actions of the Ukrainian authorities forced the inhabitants of these regions to initiate a referendum in 2014 and vote for acts of self-determination. The Kremlin at the end of 2020 reported that they considered it inappropriate to “eventual” talk about recognizing the DNR and LNR. The authors of the appeal recalled that the inhabitants of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine in a referendum in 1994 agreed to fix the Russian language as a state language along with Ukrainian. The appeal was signed by 11 deputies from the Communist Party, including the head of the party faction in the Duma Gennady Zyuganov, his deputy Nikolai Kolomeitsev and First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti that the Kremlin has not yet seen a draft appeal. A group of deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma a draft appeal to Putin on the recognition of the DPR and LPR This would protect the inhabitants of the self-proclaimed republics from what the Communist Party of the Russian Federation called “genocide” .jpg” alt=”The Communist Party proposed to Putin to recognize the DNR and LNR to protect against “genocide”” /> Donetsk region, city of Novgorod A group of State Duma deputies from the Communist Party submitted to the lower house of parliament a draft appeal to President Vladimir Putin, urging him to recognize the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. In addition, the appeal says that shelling continues in the DPR and LPR, which is why more than 2.5 million people have arrived in Russia in search of asylum. “The Ukrainian authorities stopped paying pensions and social benefits and established a complete economic blockade of the population and enterprises of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic. They also believe that this will serve to strengthen international peace and regional stability and initiate the process of international recognition of the DPR and LPR. Subscribe to VK RBC Get news faster than anyone Истoчник rbc.ru Back in 2017, MP Leonid Kalashnikov (he was a member of the Duma of the past and current convocations, also signed an appeal to Putin) stated that in the event of continued escalation in eastern Ukraine and hostilities from Kiev, Russia could make any decisions, up to recognition of the self-proclaimed republics. The document is contained in the Duma database. In it, the deputies called the recognition of the self-proclaimed republics “reasonable and morally justified.” “Such recognition will create grounds for guaranteeing the security and protection of their peoples from external threats and for the implementation of a policy of genocide in relation to the inhabitants of the republics <…>»,— deputies said in their appeal. The actions of the Ukrainian authorities can be compared with the genocide of their own people,»,— the document says. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation has previously spoken about the possibility of recognizing the DPR and LPR.