"Donbass people never kneel!" - Alexander Zakharchenko at Victory Parade
“Comrades, soldiers! Citizens of the Donetsk People's Republic! Donetsk residents and guests of the capital! I congratulate you on the 72nd anniversary of the Great Victory of the Soviet people over the German fascist invaders. 72 years ago, our people inflicted a crushing defeat on fascism, the greatest evil in the history of mankind.
Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers courageously and selflessly defended our Great Motherland. That war claimed millions of lives! Today's holiday is a day of remembrance of our ancestors’ unfadable act of courage, this is the glorifying of our weapons’ might and power. But, along with that, this is a day mourning for the fallen.
Today, thousands of residents of the Donetsk People's Republic have come to the parade to join the Immortal Regiment procession. Following the military equipment and our armed forces’ elite along the central street of the capital, you will carry portraits of heroes who fought bravely for the freedom of our Motherland, both at that distant war and at the one we still have to win.
Let us observe a minute of silence in memory of all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our Motherland. Our land is being all over again torn apart by war. Again, the best of its sons defend their Motherland from the fascist plague! Today's parade in honour of the Great Victory is a demonstration of our power, our freedom, our inflexibility!
You are warriors! You are the winners! Our people never kneel! Our cause is just, victory will be ours, the enemy will be defeated! Hooray, comrades!”