Note: Several have been detained and it has been confirmed that the assassination of Alexandr Zakharchenko was an attack from Ukraine. FRN itself is under attack, and when the staff can reach our site, we will be posting updates.
We read in Novorosinform: “Russia is with you”: Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the Donbass on the assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Kremlin official website reported.
The President noted that Alexander Vladimirovich “was a true people’s leader, a brave and resolute person, a patriot of Donbass.”
“The vile murder of Alexander Zakharchenko is another evidence: those who chose the path of terror, violence, intimidation, do not want to seek a peaceful, political solution to the conflict, do not want to conduct a real dialogue with the inhabitants of the southeast. And they make a dangerous bet on the destabilization of the situation, to put the people of Donbass on their knees. This is not going to work,” Putin said.
“I hope that the organizers and executors of this crime will bear the punishment they deserve,” he added.
“I want to once again express my condolences to the relatives and friends of Alexander Vladimirovich Zakharchenko, all residents of the Donbass. Russia will always be with you,” Vladimir Putin stated.
Recall that today in the center of Donetsk near the cafe “Separ” an explosion occurred, as a result of which the head of the People’s Democratic Republic Alexander Zakharchenko perished.
Later, law enforcers of the DNR detained suspects in the murder of Zakharchenko.
Also, as a result of the explosion near the cafe “Separ”, the Minister of Income and Duties of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Timofeev was wounded.
The administration of the head of the Democratic People’s Republic of Ukraine called the explosion in Donetsk a terrorist act.
The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova said that the Ukrainian authorities are behind the murder of Zakharchenko.