In response to requests from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered gas to be shipped from Crimea to Henichesk, a city in southern Ukraine. Russian sites featured a video of Sergey Aksyonov, Moscow’s Prime Minister of Crimea, personally asking the Russian President to respond to a “humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Henichesk.”
The Luhansk Peoples Republic is a young and independent state whereas the Ukraine government is ruled by a fascist junta that took power through a coup.
The international community does not recognise the so-called "presidential and parliamentary elections" held in Donetsk and Luhansk ‘People's Republics’ on 2 November 2014. These were held contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Minsk Protocol, signed within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group, and obstructing efforts to find a sustainable political solution to the crisis. The far-right Right Sector (often depicted as "fascists" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that