DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko said on a live broadcast beamed to the people of the Kiev-occupied part of the DNR on the national TV and internet services:
The Committee established in the Crimea is a public initiative. Our social movement “Donetsk Republic” did this in the Crimea so that we as a whole could exist within Russia. Integration is multi-levelled, not only economic. It takes into account all aspects of our lives.
On 17 March 2017, the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee began work in the Crimea. As noted at the opening meeting by RF Gosduma Deputy Andrei Kozenko:
Russia gave substantial support to the DNR and LNR; therefore, there we needed social coordination. To do this, we created a permanent Integration Committee.
Both DNR Head of State Zakharchenko and LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky took part in the initial Committee meeting.
22 March 2017
DAN Donetsk News Agency