The Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are trying to legitimize themselves, but how they will support millions of inhabitants is unclear.
What You Need to Know:
✓ Separatist forces carried out local elections in violation of the Minsk peace deal on November 2;
✓ The elections are an attempt to legitimize the breakaway states;
✓The Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic are two separate entities with varying levels of internal cohesion;
✓Both republics have few obvious functional institutions to run a government;
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