Alexander Zakharchenko

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  • Since 2010, he headed the Donetsk branch of the Kharkiv public organization Oplot (founder, Evgeny Zhilin), later - the volunteer battalion formed on its basis (until July 7, 2014).
  • After the referendum on the independence of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on May 11, 2014 Zakharchenko was appointed military commandant of Donetsk. He held this post from May 16 to July 6, 2014, later he worked as deputy minister of internal affairs of the republic.
  • August 8, 2014 approved by the Supreme Council of the People's Democratic Republic to the post of chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic, replaced in this post Alexander Boroday. November 2, 2014 Zakharchenko was elected head of the proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (77,51% of the vote).
  • 2 people (Zakharchenko and a body guard) were killed, 12 wounded, 5 of those hospitalized
  • 'Details of the laying of the bomb that killed Zakharchenko' -Rusvesna, 1 September, 2018
    By preliminary information, explosives were installed in one of lighting devices. 'Separ' restaurant was owned by Zakharchenko's chief of security detail, apparently was frequently visited by Zakharchenko, and was guarded
  • V Gritsak denied SBU role.
  • CCTV fragments of assassination published, RBC, 30 September, 2018
  • "Assasins of Zakharchenko became known", Borodai interview, Rambler News, June 26, 2020
    Borodai claims that assassination was "the work of SBU" , "organized" (executed) by a deep undercover cell consisting of elderly ex-Soviet KGB agents/ Borodai also conveys as a "hint" that Soviet-days archives with agents names are held in Kiev, telling that he is well-informed on actual circumstances. He says that those arrested and charged with assassinating Zakharchenko are elderly men. Interview is given to Malofeev's Tsargrad. Accuracy of claims is not certain, on one hand Borodai is in a position to be well-informed, on the other, he is said to be involved in some sort of PR, at least in the past.



He was a local, and one of those who started the movement advocating self determination for Donbass, with strong ties to Russia. He was not a perfect man, and was criticized for his shortcomings. But he was not a coward, he did not stand behind the backs, and he did what he could. He had charisma, despite not being perfect. After his assassination, probably his shortcomings will be of less relevance, and he will be seen as an important statesman and a historic figure.

It was always feared that Ukraine (as it is now) will attack when Russia is in the weakest/most vulnerable position; this seems to be an illustration. Otherwise, there will be no military or political consequences of this assassination. --Resup (talk) 09:14, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

New DPR head
  • Song 'too late', lyrics and music by new acting DPR head Dmitry Trapeznikov, 23 Feb 'Red Army day', 2016.
  • Trapeznikov and Pushilin press conference, 31 Aug. 2018
  • Trapeznikov was soon replaced by Pushilin, and elections scheduled in November.