International recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk

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  Donetsk People's Republic
  Luhansk People's Republic

The Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic declared independence from Ukraine following an unofficial status referendum in May 2014.

Both so-called republics are internationally recognized as parts of Ukrainian territory by all member states of the United Nations. Donetsk and Luhansk have only received international recognition from each other and South Ossetia, another partially-recognized state that's currently recognized by five UN members.

Positions taken by states[edit]

States formally recognizing Donetsk and Luhansk as independent[edit]

Other states[edit]

State Date of recognition Diplomatic relations established Notes
1  Donetsk
11 May 2014 11 May 2014 Both republics simultaneously declared independence and were previously united under the Novorossiya confederation from 2014–15.
2  South Ossetia 19 June 2014 (Luhansk)[1]
27 June 2014 (Donetsk)[2]
28 January 2015 (Luhansk)[3]
13 May 2015 (Donetsk)[4]


  1. ^ "South Ossetia Recognizes 'Luhansk People's Republic'". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.
  2. ^ "South Ossetia recognizes independence of Donetsk People's Republic". TASS.
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  4. ^ "Ukrainian separatists recognize Abkhazia, South Ossetia, 13 May 2015". May 18, 2015.