The Representative Centre of the Donetsk People's Republic in Finland was ceremonially opened in the city of Helsinki yesterday, on December 9, reported the DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The grand opening of the DPR Representative Centre took place in the capital of Finland – the city of Helsinki," the Ministry’s statement reads.
According to the diplomatic mission, the Chairman of the Finland-Russia Friendship Society Daria Skippari-Smirnov, artist and public figure Sergei Zlenko, journalists of the Vastavalkea and Ilta-Sanomat information resources, a DONi International News Agency journalist Jarmo Ekman, and Finnish public representatives attended the opening ceremony.
A famous Finnish human rights defender, the chairman of the DPR Representation in Finland, Johan Bäckman, opened the solemn ceremony, giving a welcoming speech. He expressed the hope that the Centre's activities will contribute to the fight against the information curtain, which is concealing from the Europeans the truth about the current developments in Donbass.
In addition to that, Mr. Bäckman read out a congratulatory address from the Acting DPR Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova, in which the head of the Republic's Foreign Ministry thanked the Finnish like-minded people for their tremendous work that had made it possible to open the official Representative Centre of the Donetsk People's Republic in Finland.
The honorary guests of the ceremony also took the floor with congratulations and small reports on the situation in Donbass.
Furthermore, an online meeting with the Director and Chief Editor of the International DONi News Agency Janus Putkonen, took place during the event. Being a citizen of Finland and the Donetsk People's Republic, Mr. Putkonen congratulated compatriots on the significant event, expressing confidence in the successful and fruitful work of the Centre.
Before concluding the ceremony, guests and staff of the Centre signed a letter of thanks addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People's Republic, in which they expressed their intention to progressively develop relations between the DPR and Finland in the field of culture, economy, science, information, tourism, and other spheres.
The Representative Centre was established in Finland in the fall of 2016 and has been performing certain functions since that time, especially in the human rights field. After the solemn opening, it will expand its activities in the country.
At the moment, there are five DPR offices operating in the EU countries. Institutions have been opened in Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic, Finland and France.
DONi News Agency