Bomb kills Donetsk leader

The Guardian Weekly - - World Round Up -

The leader of a Krem­lin-backed sep­a­ratist repub­lic in war-torn east­ern Ukraine was killed by a blast that ripped through a cafe close to his of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Donetsk.

Alexan­der Zakharchenko, 42, was named prime min­is­ter of the so-called Donetsk Peo­ple’s Repub­lic (DNR) in Novem­ber 2014. The DNR’s of­fi­cial news agency con­firmed his death and said the repub­lic’s fi­nance min­is­ter, Alexan­der Ti­mofeev, was in­jured.

Zakharchenko is the lat­est in a series of sep­a­ratist lead­ers to have been as­sas­si­nated dur­ing the con­flict in east­ern Ukraine.

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