Ukraine rebel boss dies

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A BLAST in a war-themed cafe in eastern Ukraine killed the most prom­i­nent leader of the Rus­sia-backed sep­a­ratists, who have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014, rebel of­fi­cials said.

Rebel and Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties blamed the Ukrainian govern­ment for the death of Alexan­der Zakharchenko, prime min­is­ter of the self-de­clared Donetsk Peo­ple’s Repub­lic, with some sug­gest­ing US in­volve­ment.

Se­ri­ously in­jured in the blast was Alexan­der Ti­mofeev, rev­enues and taxes min­is­ter for the sep­a­ratists.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin lauded Mr Zakharchenko, 42, as “a true peo­ple’s leader”.

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