Donezker VRDonetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Head Alexander Zakharchenko has been killed in an explosion at the Separ restaurant in the Dontesk city center Friday evening, the DPR Head Administration said. »Unfortunately this is true, the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko is killed as a result of explosion. Details are to follow,« the statement reads.

The intersection of Pushkina street and Komsomolskiy av. where the restaurant is located in the Voroshilovskiy district of Donetsk cordoned off, DAN correspondent says. Fire engulfed the building after the explosion. Heavy presence of emergency services, law enforcement and ambulances is reported.

Kiev is responsible for the murder of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko, said DPR People’s Council chairman Denis Pushilin. »This is another agression from the Ukrainian side,« he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his deep condolenses over the death of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko, the Kremlin press service said. »Alexander Vasiliyevich was a true people’s leaders, bold and courageous, patriot of Donbass. He stood up for his country in difficult times, assuming great personal responsibility, he led people,« Putin said.

»The dastardly murder of Alexander Zakharchenko is another proof of that those who choose the path of terror, violence and intimidation do not want to search a peaceful, political resolution to the conflict, do not want to engage into a true dialog with the residents of the South-East. Instead they dangerously opt for destabilization, to bring Donbass to knees. But they will not be able to do it,« said Russian leader. »I count on that the masterminds and perpetrators of this crime shall bear responsibility they deserve.«

Dmitriy Trapeznikov has been appointed acting DPR Head in accordance with the DPR Constitution, Article 62. The Article 62 provides for appointing first deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers the acting DPR Head if the Head is not able to perform his duties. In case the DPR head does not also act as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers is appointed acting Head of the DPR.

Trapeznikov was born on April 12, 1981 in Krasnodar, his family moved to Donetsk in 1982. He has three degrees in civilian and industrial construction, economics and law. Occupied the position of the Shakhter football club manager and top positions in business structures. From 2010 to 2012 worked as the deputy head of the Petrovskiy district of Donetsk council.

He joined Donbass independence movement in 2014, fought in the ranks of militia. In September 2014 Trapeznikov was appointed the head of the Donetsk’s Telmanovskiy district interim administration. Later became the head of the internal and foreign policy department of the DPR Head Administration, the deputy chairman of the DPR Council of Ministers. Has been awarded several DPR awards including the Order of the Republic.

Source: Donetsk News Agency / RedGlobe