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Zaharchenko’s entourage trying to flee ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’

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Some very curious reports emerging from the Donetsk Puppet Republic – border checkpoints with Ukraine and Russia closed, Donetsk city entry points closed by armed Russian troops, and reports the entourage of assassinated Zakharchenko was being rounded up by the Russians. This is consistent with Ukrainian government claims that this is a Muscovy driven purge to get rid of people who know too much – Zakharchenko if put before an ICJ war crimes tribunal, or even a Ukrainian court, could have implicated a good number of Putin’s inner circle.The method of assassination was messy, apparently, a bomb hidden in a chandelier or a floor lamp, not the Ukrainian style that tends to be very surgical to avoid unwanted collateral damage – Ukrainian reports since 2014 suggest snipers are the preferred method. A Ukrainian sniper was claimed to have caused Zakharchenko a serious leg injury when he failed to take him out some time ago.

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Zaharchenko’s entourage trying to flee ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ – 01.09.2018 13:59 — Ukrinform News
“The entourage of Zakharchenko is trying to flee the territory of ‘Donetsk People’s Republic.’ They put on civilian clothes and try to escape. Donetsk has been encircled with the military equipment, all the militarized units of the illegal armed formations got fully operational. Such a situation, according to sources in the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, will last three days,” Pavlo Lysiansky, the representative of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, posted on Facebook. According to Lysiansky, at least two people were arrested on the night of September 1 in Donetsk. Meanwhile, Oleh Slobodian, the spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, believes that Zakharchenko was killed by Russian special services as Russia seeks a new format for the occupied territories. As reported, leader of terrorist group “Donetsk People’s Republic” Alexander Zakharchenko was killed in explosion in the occupied Donetsk on Friday.
Russia continues crime witnesses purge in Donbas – Gerashchenko | UNIAN
The murder of the so-called “DPR leader” Alexander Zakharchenko testifies that Russia continues liquidating witnesses of its crimes in Donbas, Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko said. The Ukrainian side expects to hear from the OSCE details of yesterday’s explosion in Donetsk.
Russia’s reaction to Zakharchenko murder means Kremlin trying to cover up their puppets – MFA Ukraine | UNIAN
The reaction of the Russian foreign ministry to the murder of the leader of the Kremlin-controlled militants, in Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko, testifies to Russia’s attempts to cover up its puppets in the occupied part of Donbas, according to press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Mariana Betsa. At the same time, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine does not rule out the involvement of Russian special services, for whom Zakharchenko could have become a burden hindering their plans.
Getting rid of inconvenient puppet or imitation of death: Military columnist names versions of Donetsk blast | UNIAN
The Kremlin needs a less odious figure, without a trace of embezzlement and involvement in shelling of civilians, that’s according to a military columnist, coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT group Yuriy Karin, who commented on DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko’s murder. The expert suggested that Zakharchenko could be sent to have a “peaceful rest” closer to Ukraine’s ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych or former “LPR” head Igor Plotnitsky.
Ukrainian MFA reacts on accusation of Russia in murder of Zakharchenko –
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine claimed that the prompt response of the Russian MFA regarding the murder of Aleksandr Zakharchenko, head of the militants of the so-called “DNR”, is a try of Russia to cover for puppets, which it supports. Mariana Betsa, Speaker of Ukrainian MFA claimed this on Twitter. Reportedly, on August 31, as a result of the explosion in the restaurant in the downtown of Donetsk, head of so-called “DNR” Oleksandr Zakharchenko died. The Russian mass media reported that Oleksandr Timofeyev, so-called “minister of revenue and duties” of so-called “DNR” has also died. The so-called “law enforcers” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they detained “Ukrainian saboteurs” who are presumably involved in the assassination of Zakharchenko. Although, SBU hasn’t approved the information.
Mariana Betsa on Twitter: “Мегаблискавична реакція МЗС РФ на вбивство Захарченка свідчить, як мінімум,про спроби РФ прикрити маріонеток, яких вона підтримує і фінансує”
Militants do not allow civilians to go through boundary line in any direction –
The illegal armed formations in Donbas are not allowing civilians to go through the boundary line in any direction
Bomb in chandelier: Media disclose details of Zakharchenko hit | UNIAN
The deadly explosive device, set off in the Separ café in the center of the occupied Donetsk, killing the self-styled “DPR leader” Alexander Zaakharchenko, was planted either in a chandelier or a floor lamp inside the building, preliminary data say. The IED was triggered by a telephone call.

In the Kremlin, the murder of the DNR leader Alexander Zakharchenko is considered a provocation –
In the Kremlin, the murder of the DNR leader Alexander Zakharchenko is considered a provocation. So commented on the incident, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, reports Interfax. “The death of Zakharchenko, of course, leads to increased tension in the region, which does not contribute to the formation of conditions for the prospects of starting the implementation of the Minsk agreements. It is certainly a provocation that has very negative consequences for the atmosphere in a whole region, “he said. Head of the terrorist organization “Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksandr Zakharchenko died in Donetsk downtown on August 31 in the result of the explosion. Olena Alekseeva, Zakharchenko’s spokesperson, confirmed the information on his death. Soon, a press conference will be held on this matter, reads the message on Mash, a Telegram channel. This is what is known as of now: – Aleksandr Zakharchenko was fatally injured during the explosion in the restaurant called Separatist in the downtown of Donetsk. – Life, a separatist outlet reports that Zakharchenko died in the hospital in Donetsk. – According to the sources of the Russian mass media, one of the guards of Zakharchenko is suspected of his murder. He disappeared from the scene. It is reported on the closure of all crossing checkpoints along the Inter-Entity Boundary Line, in order to search for the suspect. – “DNR” reported on the detention of the Ukrainian saboteurs accused of the murder of Zakharchenko. The number of the saboteurs isn’t specified yet. The State Security Service of Ukraine hasn’t yet confirmed the information. – As a result of the explosion, several more people were wounded. One of them is a so-called “minister of revenue and duties” of “DNR” Oleksandr Timofeyev (“Tashkent”). According to the RBK online outlet, he is in an intensive care right now. – The Russian MFA accused “Kyiv regime” in the death of Zakharchenko. ‘We have every reason to believe that Kyiv regime stands behind his death, which has been repeatedly using similar methods to eliminate dissidents and disliked,’ Maria Zakharova, Official Representative of the Russian Federation claimed. – SBU has reasons to believe that the death of Zakharchenko may be the result of the inner criminal conflicts among the militants, in the first place referred to reallocating grab assets, taken away from the owners in 2014-2018. ‘We are not excluding the attempts of the Russian intelligence services to eliminate a pretty odious individual who was on the way of Russia, according to the information we obtain. According to the data, either the militants or the Russian intelligence services are standing behind this.’ – Russian Investigation Committee initiated a criminal case in international terrorism due to the death of Zakharchenko. – Russian NTV TV channel with a reference to the information of mass media claimed that a serious head injury caused the death.
UNIAN: MFA Russia blames Kyiv for Zakharchenko death | KyivPost
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, says “there are all grounds to believe” that the Ukrainian side is behind the murder of the leader of the “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Alexander Zakharchenko. “In Donetsk, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Zakharchenko was killed in a terrorist act. There are all grounds to believe that the Kyiv regime is behind his murder, as it repeatedly used similar methods to eliminate dissidents and opponents,” the Russian TASS agency quoted Zakharova as saying.
Zakharchenko’s Murder Organized by Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces – Adviser – Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The assassination of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, was organized by the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces, Zakharchenko’s adviser Alexander Kazakov told Sputnik.
Rundown of Murder Attempts Against Heads of Lugansk, Donetsk People’s Republics – Sputnik International
Leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine Alexander Zakharchenko was killed on Friday in an explosion in a Donetsk restaurant, a local security source told Sputnik.
TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – There is every reason to believe Kiev regime behind Zakharchenko’s murder — diplomat
The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic was killed in an explosion in Donetsk on Friday
TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Putin hopes organizers of Zakharchenko’s assassination will be brought to account
The president offered his condolences to Zakharchenko’s relatives and friends and all residents of the Donbass region
TASS: World – Russia launches investigation into Zakharchenko’s death on international terrorism charges
The investigation was launched into the suspected «act of international terrorism, which resulted in a person’s death»
TASS: Emergencies – Head of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic killed in explosion
The explosion occurred in the Separ restaurant in the center of Donetsk
TASS: World – Deputy PM Dmitry Trapeznikov becomes interim Donetsk People’s Republic head
The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko was killed in an explosion in Donetsk on August 31
“DNR” reports detention of Ukrainian saboteurs suspected of murderiing Zakharchenko –
The so-called “law enforcers” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they detained alleged suspects of the assassination attempt on the Head of the terrorist organization Oleksandr Zakharchenko, who died in Donetsk downtown on August 31, as Interfax reports referring to its sources. Related: DNR militant detained in Donetsk region “Several people are detained, “the Ukrainian saboteurs” and individuals connected with him, who are suspected of the assassination attempt on the Head of the “republic”,” the news agency cites the source. According to the sources, Ukrainian saboteurs were allegedly detained driving a car on Bohdan Khmelnytsky Avenue. The State Security Service of Ukraine hasn’t confirmed the information yet, the sources of 112 Ukraine in SBU advised.
Cafe bombing kills separatist leader in eastern Ukraine. Suspects in custody. — Meduza
Alexander Zakharchenko, the prime minister of eastern Ukraine’s self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), was fatally wounded in a bombing on Friday. The explosion reportedly ripped through the “Separatist” cafe on Pushkin Street in Donetsk, just around the corner from Zakharchenko’s residence.
Russia V Ukraine: Russia accuses Kiev after rebel Zakharchenko dies in EXPLOSION | World | News |
RUSSIA accused Ukraine of killing the separatist leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, after the pro-Russian rebel was killed in an explosion today in downtown Donetsk, a region in eastern Ukraine.
Putin condemns ‘dastardly’ act after pro-Russian rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko killed in explosion – Mirror Online
Alexander Zakharchenko, 42, was killed in a blast at a cafe in Donetsk city earlier today sparking condemnation from Moscow

One by one, fall of rebel chiefs in east Ukraine
The leader of Ukrainian separatists in the east Alexander Zakharchenko, who died in an explosion in the centre of rebel hub Donetsk, is the latest rebel official to be slain in a series of apparent murders. Since the start of the conflict between the Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Donetsk and
A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has been assassinated, and here’s what we know, so far — Meduza
Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of eastern Ukraine’s self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), was killed in a cafe bombing in downtown Donetsk on Friday, August 31. The blast injured several people, including DNR Finance Minister Alexander Timofeyev. According to the newspaper Vedomosti, the “Separ” (Separatist) cafe belongs to Zakharchenko’s chief of security. Zakharchenko’s home is just around the corner from the establishment.
Blast Kills Leader of Russia-Backed Separatist Region in Eastern Ukraine – WSJ
The leader of Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists was killed in an explosion, the latest political assassination in a volatile region where the West and Russia have wrestled over how to make peace.
All You Need To Know About Bombing Of Top Separatist Leader In Ukraine And Why It Matters – The Drive
The assassination has sent accusations flying and comes as Russia takes an even more aggressive stance along Ukraine’s land and sea borders.
Terrorist Dmitry Trapeznikov takes lead in “DPR” | UNIAN
In connection with the death of Alexander Zakharchenko, Dmitry Trapeznikov was appointed acting “head of the DPR,” according to the militant-controlled media. Earlier on Friday, reports were confirmed that terrorist leader Alexander Zakharchenko was killed in a Donetsk explosion.
UAWire – Assassination of Zakharchenko: 11 more people injured and killed in the explosion
In addition to the leader of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, there are 11 injured and killed people in the explosion in the restaurant Separ in …
The leader of the Russian-backed republic in Ukraine was just assassinated in a cafe bombing | Business Insider
The leader of the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine was killed on Friday in a cafe bombing, according to several reports.
Separatist Leader Zakharchenko Was A Thorn In The Side Of Both Kyiv And Moscow
Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who died in a bomb blast at a Donetsk cafe, was the pivotal leader in the Russia-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. But he was never more than a figurehead, not fully trusted in Moscow and despised in Kyiv.
Ukrainian Separatist Leader Is Killed in Restaurant Bombing – The New York Times
Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, died in a bomb attack on Friday evening in eastern Ukraine.
Pro-Russia Separatist Leader Killed in Explosion in Ukraine’s Donbas Region Coffee Shop
“He was a stooge of the Kremlin,” a former ambassador to Ukraine told Newsweek.
Ukraine crisis: Blast kills top Donetsk rebel Zakharchenko – BBC News
The head of the pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko, is killed while at a cafe.
Alexander Zakharchenko killed in Donetsk cafe explosion | Ukraine News | Al Jazeera
Russia accuses Ukraine of assassinating separatist leader of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
Rebel media confirms separatist leader in east Ukraine killed in blast
Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko died in a explosion that Russia believes Kiev planned. 
Donetsk café bomb attack kills pro-Russian rebel leader | World | The Times
The leader of the main breakaway territory backed by Moscow in eastern Ukraine has been killed by a bomb. Alexander Zakharchenko, the “head of state” and prime minister of the unrecognised Donetsk People’s Republic, was fatally injured at a café in the centre of Donetsk, the rebel capital.Mr
Ukraine explosion: Alexander Zakharchenko ‘killed’ in Donetsk blast | Daily Star
A BOMB explosion has ripped though a cafe and killed the state’s Prime Minister in a “terror attack”, according to reports.
Pro-Russian separatist leader in Eastern Ukraine killed in explosion – The Globe and Mail
Russia accused Ukraine of assassinating him while Kiev blamed separatist infighting
Pro-Russian rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko killed in cafe explosion – CNN
The leader of Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s Donetsk region was killed in an explosion at a cafe Friday, Russian state news agencies and separatist officials said.
Ukraine separatists report death of leader Zakharchenko | Fox News
The leader of the Russia-backed separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region was killed Friday by an explosion at a cafe, the separatists’ news agency said Friday.
Ukraine Separatist Leader Killed in Bombing in Donetsk Cafe – Bloomberg
The head of one of Ukraine’s two breakaway republics was killed in a bombing, highlighting the persistent tensions in a conflict that’s now in its fourth year.
The three most likely culprits in Ukraine separatist leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko’s assassination
Aleksandr Zakharchenko, leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, or DPR, in eastern Ukraine, was killed on Friday after he was targeted with a bomb while dining at a restaurant in Donetsk.
d in Istanbul, on Aug. 31 in an eleventh hour bid to prevent the Ukrainian church from being separated from Moscow.
Orthodox Church Heads Discuss Ukraine Bid To Split With Russia
The spiritual head of the worldwide Orthodox Church has hosted Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill for talks on Ukraine’s bid to split from the Russian church, a move strongly opposed by Moscow.
Expert explains Moscow Patriarch’s upcoming meeting with Bartholomew | UNIAN
Ukrainian MP and leader of the Information Resistance OSINT group Dmytro Tymchuk says head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is scheduled to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the end of August 2018. Gundyayev’s visit is more about trying to justify himself before the Kremlin as if claiming “I’ve done all I could.”
Ukraine Orthodox Church seeks spiritual split from Russia | News | DW | 31.08.2018
Ukraine has called on Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to grant it independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. It would be a huge blow to Russia, where the church plays an important role in politics.
Ukraine is entitled to its own Church
Russia strongly resists its neighbor’s desire for autocephaly, says Jonathan Luxmoore