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A political strategist known as Dmitry Chaika arrived from Russia in the occupied city of Donetsk late last week, journalists have revealed.

He is tasked with supervising the self-styled "leader" of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") Denis Pushilin and monitoring his popular ratings, as reported by the Spektr online outlet with reference to own sources.

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It is noted Chaika had until 2016 been working in the occupation administration led by Alexander Zakharchenko.

Alexander Zakharchenko died in a blast in the occupied Donetsk on August 31, 2018.