Donetsk People’s Republic Head Zakharchenko Killed in Bomb Blast

Friday, August 31, 2018
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
31.08.2018

The Donetsk People’s Republic Operational Command said Friday that exits and entrances to Donetsk have been closed following a blast that left the republic’s head Alexander Zakharchenko dead and three more injured.

A lawmaker of the People’s Council of the DPR confirmed reports about the death of DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko in a bomb explosion in downtown Donetsk on Friday.

“The DPR leader died in the explosion at Separ cafe,” Vladislav Berdichevsky told reporters.

Later, the adviser to the DPR head said that the bomb that killed Zakharchenko was deliberately placed in the restaurant he was visiting.

According to the government source, Zakharchenko died due to a severe head wound. The security source with the self-proclaimed People’s Republic told Sputnik that DPR Finance Minister Alexander Timofeev was also wounded in the incident.

Russia’s Reaction to Zakharchenko’s Assassination

Addressing the death of the DPR head, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow considers the blast to be a terrorist attack carried out by Kiev.

“Instead of implementing the Minsk agreements and looking for means to settle the internal conflict, Kiev’s party of war is implementing a terrorist scenario and is aggravating the already difficult situation in the region. Without fulfilling its peace promises, they decided to launch a bloody slaughter,” Zakharova told reporters, also calling for an impartial investigation, monitored by the international community.

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