Military columnist Yuriy Karin has said the Kremlin will likely appoint someone more convenient for further negotiations with Ukraine instead of head of the "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") terrorist organization Alexander Zakharchenko in September.
"According to recently received data of the Information Resistance analytical group, the Kremlin will appoint a more convenient candidate instead of Zakharchenko in the coming weeks, [it will be] a specially trained person for coming to an understanding with a new, pro-Russian president of Ukraine. That is, it will be a figure without a bad background, criminal records and blood on his hands," Karin said.
At the same time, Zakharchenko is unlikely to be replaced in a "dramatic way" as was the case with former head of the "Luhansk People's Republic" ("LPR") terrorist organization Igor Plotnitsky.
"According to our data, a commission from Russia will arrive in Donetsk in September, which will find abuse of power, misuse and other pretexts for Zakharchenko's dismissal from his post," the expert said.
"Who will come instead of Zakharchenko? Obviously, it will be the Kremlin's new puppet whose name nobody cares about at all…," Karin added.