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Café Separ where Alexander Zakharchenko (inset) was killed in an explosion. Photo: Wikipedia

Ukraine, a terror state?

New leader of Donetsk People’s Republic: The former leader of Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko was assasinated by Ukrainian Security Service.

Published: September 17, 2018, 10:37 pm

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    An agent of the Ukrainian Security Service has been detained on suspicion of being accomplice in the assassination of the head of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko. The information comes from the present acting head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin.

    “Investigative authorities of the DPR have established that the assassination of the Donetsk People’s Republic head Alexander Zakharchenko was organised with participation of the 5th Counterintelligence Department of the Ukrainian Security Service”, Pushilin said on Monday.

    Alexander Zakharchenko, President of the Donetsk People's Republic, was assasinated at August, 31. Photo: Wikipedia

    Alexander Zakharchenko, President of the Donetsk People’s Republic, was assasinated at August, 31. Photo: Wikipedia

    He also added that analysis of the residues of the explosive devices “indicates that Western special services participated in the preparation of the assassination”, as no such technologies were ever used by Ukrainian special services.

    Alexander Zakharchenko was killed on August, 31 as a result of an explosion in the “Separ” café in Donetsk downtown. As the adviser to the DPR head Alexander Kazakov told media, the explosion occurred just as Zakharchenko was entering the cafe. The first was a guard, he died right away. Alexander Timofeev, a minister for incomes and taxes of the DPR, who followed Zakharchenko, was seriously injured.

    According to the DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations eleven people in total were injured as a result of the explosion. The DPR authorities announced that a terrorist attack took place.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called Zakharchenko’s murder a vile act, stressing in particular that those who chose the path of terror did not want to look for a peaceful solution of the conflict. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that there is little doubt that Kiev is behind the incident. However, Ukrainian Security Service denies any implication in Zakharchenko’s assassination.

    The US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, stated that the murder of the breakaway republic leader didn’t change the situation in the Donbass region. He added that as Russia “controls this territory, regardless of Zakharchenko murder, there are no changes in the situation. They control military forces, continue pressure on Ukraine and the hot phase of the conflict”.

    Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Photo: Wikipedia

    Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Photo: Wikipedia

    Official authorities of European countries, including Germany and France as guarantors of the Minsk peace agreements, did not comment on the situation.

    The Minsk agreements are a package of documents to alleviate the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine. The so-called Minsk II is a complex of measures to revive the Protocol, which had been agreed to on 5 September 2014.

    Minsk II was signed by Swiss diplomat and OSCE representative Heidi Tagliavini, former president of Ukraine and Ukrainian representative Leonid Kuchma, Russian former Ambassador to Ukraine and Russian representative Mikhail Zurabov, leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky.

    Also, the complex of measures was approved by four state guarantors of the Minsk agreements’ implementation: French former president François Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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