The slain leader of a Russian-backed republic in Ukraine was reportedly killed by a bomb planted on a chandelier

By On September 04, 2018

The slain leader of a Russian-backed republic in Ukraine was reportedly killed by a bomb planted on a chandelier

A banner with a portrait of Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko is seen during the funeral in Donetsk, Ukraine, September 2, 2018.Reuters

  • The prime minister of the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko was assassinated last week by an explosive device placed in a floor lamp or chandelier.
  • The explosion also killed Zakharchenko's bodyguard, Vyacheslav &qu ot;Slavyan" Dotsenko, and wounded two others, including Alexander Timofeyev, the DPR's finance minister.
  • The perpetrator was most likely near the cafe and saw Zakharchenko enter before he or she detonated the bomb.

The prime minister of the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine was killed last week by a bomb placed in a chandelier or floor lamp, according to Kommersant, a Russian media outlet.

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Alexander Zakharchenko was killed about 5 p.m. last Friday in an explosion at a downtown Donetsk cafe called "Separ," meaning Separatist.

Zakharachenko died from craniocerebral trauma, with the blast nearly taking his head off, according to Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper.

The explosion also killed Zakharchenko's bodyguard, Vyacheslav "Slavyan" Dotsenko, and wounded two others, including Alexander Timofeyev, the DPR's finance minister.

Kommersant reported over the weekend that an explosive devise was placed in a chandelier or floor lamp and ignited by a telephone call.

The perpetrator was most likely near the cafe and saw Zakharchenko enter before he or she detonated the bomb, Kommersant reported. The cafe is apparently owned by a DPR security official and was thoroughly guarded, raising questions of an inside job.

Multiple people were later arrested near the cafe in connection with the bombing, including "Ukrainian saboteurs," Russia's Interfax reported.

"Read nothing into [these arrests of Ukrainian saboteurs] until we know more details," Aric Toler, a researcher with Bellingcat, tweeted last week.

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The main suspects everyone will look to in Zakharchenko's assassination are, in no particular order:
1) The Ukrainian SBU (duh)
2) Donetsk rival s (Pushilin has been feuding with Zakharchenko lately. Also Khodakovsky, Zakharchenko's long-time rival)
3) Moscow, cleaning up

Kyiv and Moscow have both been accused of several assassinations in the Donbas and Ukraine as a whole since the war began in 2014.

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