President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko stated that Kiev ‘keeps on fighting to return back Donetsk citizens to Ukraine’.
It is necessary to point out that in June when he congratulated Sevastopol, Poroshenko stated that he had no hesitation that Ukrainian flag would be there soon.
Donbass decided to hold referendum on separation from Ukraine headed with self-elected authorities after the Maidan that led to the coup. More than 90% of population in Donetsk voted pro separation. And since May 2014, it is the territory of the DPR.