Alexander Zachartsjenko, leader of the pro-Russian separatists, would have been killed in an explosion in a cafe in Donetsk. That reports news agency Interfax. More details are not yet known.
Zachartsjenko, leader of the self-proclaimed people’s Republic of Donetsk, would not be the first head by mysterious attacks in Eastern Ukraine comes to life. The explosion would also Finance minister Alexander Timofejev injured. It is not clear whether there are more casualties.
Zachartsjenko joined the oppositiegroep Oplot, which opposed the centralized power from Kiev. On april 16, 2014 stormed he, together with seven armed supporters of the building where the city council of Donetsk was located. In november 2014, he was officially elected as leader of the people’s Republic of Donetsk.