The Kremlin needs a less odious figure, without a trace of embezzlement and involvement in shelling of civilians, that's according to a military columnist, coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT group Yuriy Karin, who commented on DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko's murder.
According to the military observer, the incident explains Putin's future plans to bring to power in Ukraine a pro-Russian president and organize direct talks with Kremlin puppets in Donbas, Karin told Segodnya.
Why did they kill him? To ensure dialogue with the pro-Russian president of Ukraine, this is what Russia is trying to achieve, so that they can happily strike a deal and have the occupied territories return to the bosom of Ukraine in the format of Chechen funding," Karin said.
In addition, the military observer does not rule out the version of the struggle for territory between the FSB and GRU (military intelligence), as a result of which Zakharchenko was "removed", and also suggests Zakharchenko was murdered in blood feud.
"It may be a 'war of towers.' The fact that Surkov's crony is killed already raises questions: the FSB is in a clash with the GRU over Donbas ... Or perhaps it's some local 'bloodshed' and another redistribution of assets," says the IR coordinator.
The military observer adds that the incident could have been "staged."
"It could be a simulation of death, and soon Zakharchenko will continue to live peacefully somewhere in 'friendly' unrecognized states, rogue states or in places where… Yanukovich and Plotnitsky are staying," the observer says.
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According to Russian media, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed "Kyiv regime" for the murder of Alexander Zakharchenko.
Meanwhile, the so-called security forces of the "Donetsk People's Republic" reported on the arrest of "Ukrainian saboteurs" who militants claim are allegedly responsible for the death of terrorist leader Alexander Zakharchenko.
The Security Service of Ukraine confirmed Zakharchenko's death and suggested that his death could be the result of internal criminal conflicts among militants, primarily related to the re-distribution of businesses seized in 2014-2018. In addition, the SBU does not exclude the involvement of Russian special services, for whom the odious Zakharchenko could become a burden hindering their plans.