Leonid Pasechnik was inaugurated as head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) during a ceremony on Wednesday.

“We survived betrayal, deaths of relatives and friends, years of uncertainty in the future. In light of all this, it is especially important that the elections, which we held, were in accordance with all international standards," he said during his speech.

Pasechnik secured 68.3 percent of the vote in elections held earlier this month.

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