Alexander Zakharchenko

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Biography

  • 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).
Assassination
  • 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.
Funeral
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Opinions

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.
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