Kremlin ‘seeks replacement for Zakharchenko’

10:42, 21 April 2015
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The days of the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic militant organization, Oleksandr Zakharchenko, are numbered, and the Kremlin is actively looking for a replacement, with a militant named Mozgovoy a possible contender, Deputy Head of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions Colonel Valentyn Fedychev said on Monday, according to the press service of the Donetsk Regional State Administration.


"The fate of the leaders of terrorists that Moscow removes from their militant offices is prison at best. Zakharchenko is afraid of this, and is bending over backwards to prove to his Kremlin masters his endless dedication and his willingness to perform the dirtiest instructions of his handlers," Fedychev said.

"One of such Kremlin tasks is to find and fabricate evidence of gross violations of the Minsk agreements by Ukraine. For this purpose, for more than a week this leader-loser has surprised the world every day with his sensational [claims about] the [coming] storming of Donetsk by Ukrainian armed forces," he said.

Fedychev said Zakharchenko “has tried to do everything to provoke an offensive by the Ukrainian armed forces, but the Ukrainian ‘fascists’ have not moved from their positions and have fired on militants only in extreme cases.”

"Zakharchenko ordered the firing of Grad rockets on the town of Avdiivka from the territory of the town of Yasynuvata. The militants launched [rockets] from two units simultaneously and fired 14 rounds," Fedychev said.

"The militants of Zakharchenko fired 122mm artillery systems directly from Donetsk. They also fired guns and tanks from the territory of the Donetsk airport, and they fired tanks from the village of Zhabunki," he added.

According to Fedychev, Zakharchenko is showing complete unwillingness to take even a few steps to establish peace in the Donbas.

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