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Ukraine: 'All hope is lost' – Locals mourn murdered DPR leader Zakharchenko01:30

Ukraine: 'All hope is lost' – Locals mourn murdered DPR leader Zakharchenko

Ukraine, Donetsk
September 1, 2018 at 10:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage released on Saturday shows Donetsk’s cafe Separ, where Donetsk People’s Republic leader Aleksandr Zakhaechenko was killed the day before.“The town got orphaned. I could not sleep this night. Sorry [crying]. We lost hope. When he was a leader, we had confidence [in the future], we felt secure, I assured us we can sleep with a peaceful mind, no one is going to come into the city. So we have been sleeping with a peaceful mind. And now all hope is just lost,” said a local woman, commenting on Zakharchenko’s death.Forty-two-year-old Aleksandr Zakharchenko was taken to hospital shortly after the explosion, where he died of his injuries. The blast hit central Donetsk’s cafe Separ at about 17:00 GMT on Friday. According to Zakharchenko’s adviser Aleksandr Kazakov, the explosive device was inside the cafe and the blast occurred near the entrance. On Saturday morning, one of Zakharchenko’s personal bodyguards also died in hospital. According to reports, 11 more people were injured in the explosion, including the DPR’s Minister of Finance Aleksandr Timofeev. They are not facing life-threatening injuries, local Minister of Health Aleksandr Oprischenko stated. The DPR’s Prosecutor General’s office opened a criminal case into the ’terror attack.’ The newly appointed leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Dmitry Trapeznikov commented on his predecessor’s death stating, "the Ukrainian saboteurs managed to kill [the] leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko."The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case as well. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, there is no chance Kiev won’t get involved. "This is about the Kiev regime’s involvement, about these suspicions – we say it openly – and this is obvious," Zakharova said.The Security Service of Ukraine’s Press Secretary Elena Gitlyanskaya denied all the accusations, saying that Ukrainian Special Services had nothing to do with Zakharchenko’s death. “Ukrainian security services have no relation to it. In our opinion, this has come as a result of wars between local leaders," she added.

Ukraine: 'All hope is lost' – Locals mourn murdered DPR leader Zakharchenko01:30
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Footage released on Saturday shows Donetsk’s cafe Separ, where Donetsk People’s Republic leader Aleksandr Zakhaechenko was killed the day before.“The town got orphaned. I could not sleep this night. Sorry [crying]. We lost hope. When he was a leader, we had confidence [in the future], we felt secure, I assured us we can sleep with a peaceful mind, no one is going to come into the city. So we have been sleeping with a peaceful mind. And now all hope is just lost,” said a local woman, commenting on Zakharchenko’s death.Forty-two-year-old Aleksandr Zakharchenko was taken to hospital shortly after the explosion, where he died of his injuries. The blast hit central Donetsk’s cafe Separ at about 17:00 GMT on Friday. According to Zakharchenko’s adviser Aleksandr Kazakov, the explosive device was inside the cafe and the blast occurred near the entrance. On Saturday morning, one of Zakharchenko’s personal bodyguards also died in hospital. According to reports, 11 more people were injured in the explosion, including the DPR’s Minister of Finance Aleksandr Timofeev. They are not facing life-threatening injuries, local Minister of Health Aleksandr Oprischenko stated. The DPR’s Prosecutor General’s office opened a criminal case into the ’terror attack.’ The newly appointed leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Dmitry Trapeznikov commented on his predecessor’s death stating, "the Ukrainian saboteurs managed to kill [the] leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko."The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case as well. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, there is no chance Kiev won’t get involved. "This is about the Kiev regime’s involvement, about these suspicions – we say it openly – and this is obvious," Zakharova said.The Security Service of Ukraine’s Press Secretary Elena Gitlyanskaya denied all the accusations, saying that Ukrainian Special Services had nothing to do with Zakharchenko’s death. “Ukrainian security services have no relation to it. In our opinion, this has come as a result of wars between local leaders," she added.