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“Welcome home”: Putin sang the national anthem, and the Shaman became a hit song “Stand Up” on Red Square

After the solemn speech, Vladimir Putin sang the Russian anthem along with thousands of Russians on Red Square.

After the solemn speech, Vladimir Putin sang the Russian anthem along with thousands of Russians on Red Square.

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For many years, Red Square has been a place of power, a place of attraction for important events in Russia. There are parades, historic decisions, in 2014 a concert was held in honor of the reunification of Crimea with Russia. The new date on the calendar is September 30, the day the Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions return home.

“The decision that has been waiting for 30 years”

Immediately after Vladimir Putin signed the relevant documents, tens of thousands of people began to gather near the walls of the Kremlin. All of them went to the concert-rally “People’s Choice. Together forever”. Red Square could not accommodate everyone, so the rest came to Vasilyevsky Spusk, climbed the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge.

– They said that Vladimir Putin would come. Big event for Russia. You can, of course, watch on TV, but it’s better to be a participant yourself, – said Nikolai from Moscow.

A photo: Ivan MAKEEV

The importance of the event, like no one else, was known to people from the new territories. The word “wait” sounded literally from all sides.

For us, this is the beginning of a new life. We hope to have a peaceful life very soon. The people of Donbass suffered through this decision. I know that today people went to Saur-Mogila. How much our fighters had to fight there, how much blood was shed there, – says Anatoly, a resident of Debaltseve.

– To return home – to Russia – is happiness. We have been waiting for this decision not even eight, but thirty years. The collapse of the Soviet Union was the wrong decision. And only now everything is falling into place, – said Marina Svetlichnaya, a native of Gorlovka.

Immediately after Vladimir Putin signed the relevant documents, tens of thousands of people began to gather near the walls of the Kremlin.

Immediately after Vladimir Putin signed the relevant documents, tens of thousands of people began to gather near the walls of the Kremlin.

A photo: Ivan MAKEEV

“Songs from the Line of Fire”

Honored Artist of Russia Sergei Voitenko, who has repeatedly been to Donbass, came to his native Samara and spoke about the trouble he saw with his own eyes, was entrusted with opening the concert-rally. And there were practically no indifferent people. That is how the song “For Donbass” was born.

– For spring, for peace, for Donbass. For the victory, we have a just cause. We will not be different, – said Sergey Voitenko.

Back in 2014, actor Anton Shagin took the side of the residents of Donbass, who felt the pain of parents who lost children, sons of people’s republics and went on a special operation. He dedicated the poem “Avenue of Angels”.

– Alley of Angels, I’m sorry, we walked for a long time. And no excuses can be found, not saved. Forgive the children, old people, for the chest pain. For eight years, in spite of, go crazy, – read Anton Shagin.

The other day the singer Elizaveta Dolzhenkova returned from Krasnodon, she dedicated her song to the immortal feat of the Young Guard.

“Get up, Russian people,” sang Olga Kormukhina, who has been supporting the Donbass for several years now, handing over humanitarian aid to residents.

The singer Yulia Chicherina was especially warmly received, who sang the song “The Red Army is stronger than everyone.” It was written right on the line of fire in the Donbass, together with the Smolensk military commander Semyon Pegov.

– I want to wish health and strength to the guys who are now fighting in Krasny Liman. They are really having a hard time right now. This is the Smolensk infantry, these are volunteers, these are the commandants of the city. In the Donbass, many people volunteered. I would like to recall the miners, Vokha (Vladimir Zhogu), Alexander Zakharchenko – all these men turned out to be more powerful than the army. I am in love with my work, like all those who are now in the Donbass, – said the military commander Semyon Pegov.

Muscovites came to the concert-rally “People's Choice.  Together forever

Muscovites came to the concert-rally “People’s Choice. Together forever”.

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“The real Russia is those who remain”

More than 100 thousand people gathered on Red Square. The men discussed that Russia had become even bigger, talked about the approaching victory. The heads of the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions took the stage.

– Donbass returned home. To say that I’m glad is to say nothing. For a long 8.5 years we waited, believed. And this day has come true – the Russian Lyuli have reunited. We have been living in Moscow time since 2014. Moscow has always been our Motherland. For us, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Ryazan, Vladivostok are the same Russian cities as Donetsk, Gorlovka, Makeevka, Mariupol. Donbass will not let the Motherland down, – said the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin.

Artists Nikolai Baskov, Alexander Marshal, the Lube group, as well as the young performer Shaman, who conquered the Russians with the song Let’s Get Up, came out to support the entry into Russia of the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

– Russians are united by a sense of justice. We are one people and must protect each other. Two years have passed since the adoption of an amendment to the Russian Constitution prohibiting the alienation of Russian territories. And today we can understand and feel how important this is. Kherson, Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya are with Russia forever, – said actor Vladimir Mashkov.

While some make the choice to leave the country at a difficult time, because they were scared, did not want difficulties, others remained in Russia. Someone courageously went to the front, someone collects humanitarian aid, someone is ready to provide moral support.

“The real Russia is not in those who left, but in those who stayed,” said Vladimir Mashkov.

More than 100 thousand people gathered on Red Square.

More than 100 thousand people gathered on Red Square.

A photo: Ivan MAKEEV

“Russia opens the doors of the native home”

Red Square with each performance was filled with new emotions, words of support. Actor Ivan Okhlobystin does his best to support Russian fighters and residents of Donbass, often travels to the regions.

– Finally Donbass returned home. Sooner or later we will win. We have nowhere to retreat. This is a battle between good and evil, – said Ivan Okhlobystin.

Aspiring Lugansk poetess Bogdana Neshcheret became famous after she became a militia in the Ghost brigade of Alexei Mozgovoy. The girl has already grown up over these eight years and came to Red Square on the day of the reunification of Donbass with Russia.

“My dream is to meet Vladimir Putin,” Bogdana said.

Red Square with each performance was filled with new emotions, words of support.

Red Square with each performance was filled with new emotions, words of support.

A photo: Ivan MAKEEV

On this day, nothing seemed to be impossible. Bogdana was able to get acquainted with the President of Russia and even gave him a notebook with her poems, and Vladimir Vladimirovich offered to publish them.

We have become stronger because we are together. The truth is behind us, and in the truth there is strength. So, the victory will be ours! Vladimir Putin said from the stage.

The President of the country assured that the Russians would do everything to support their brothers and sisters in the liberated territories. He stressed that Russia not only “opens the doors of its home for brothers and sisters”, it opens its heart to them.

– Welcome home! Putin greeted the audience.

After the solemn speech, Vladimir Putin sang the Russian anthem along with thousands of Russians on Red Square. But this was not the final – the concert was continued by another patriot of the country, Oleg Gazmanov.

– How can it be without Gazmanov, how can it be without “Lube”. They are our people’s artists. And they are with us. Life puts everything in its place: who is with us and who is against us. Who is our friend and who is our enemy. The main thing is that Russia is united, the participants discussed.

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