• Unrecognized states
  • Independence declared 12 May 2014
  • Head of State Leonid Ivanovich Pasechnik
  • Capital Luhansk
  • Population 1,464,039

In May 2014, the Luhansk People’s Republic proclaimed independence from Ukraine. It did this simultaneously with the neighbouring Donetsk People’s Republic. The armed conflict that followed still continues. The territory borders with Russia in the east, and the majority of the population speaks Russian. Even though Russia does not recognize the Luhansk People’s Republic as an independent state, it accepts identity documents, diplomas and other certificates that were issued by the Luhansk self-proclaimed government.