The assassination of the DPR Head, Alexander Zakharchenko, is a provocation aimed unequivocally at the disruption of the Minsk agreements. This was announced today by the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the talks of the Contact Group in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, on the air of the “Reaction” programme on the Russian NTV channel.

He noted that the preparation for implementing the terrorist act was carried out by experienced specialists.

“Right now, there is only an understanding that professionals worked, modern technical equipment with remote lead to the explosion was used.

How this happened and how somebody let it happen is a difficult question. It is hard now to talk about complete security for basically anyone. The civil war has been going on for more than four years, and it is impossible to constantly be in a state of increased vigilance. And you cannot blame anyone in this case. Just want at some time to be an ordinary person. This is the tough situation which we live in,” Denis Pushilin said.

According to the DPR envoy, one of the possible goals of the terrorist attack could be an attempt to thwart the Minsk negotiations aimed at a peaceful settlement of the armed conflict in the Donbass.

“Now there are more questions on the negotiation process than answers. I absolutely agree that this (the assassination of the DPR Head – ed.) is a provocation, unambiguously aimed at disrupting the Minsk agreements.

Who would benefit from it? It’s absolutely obvious for me if you look at how the Ukrainian party behaves at the talks. Ukraine can’t leave the Minsk process, they are unable to continue it too, they can’t fulfil it. What do they need? They need to arrange some serious provocation, which can disrupt the process, as if it were not through their fault,” Denis Pushilin expressed his opinion.

The Speaker of the DPR Parliament stated that the actions of the organizers and perpetrators of the vile crime that led to the death of the Head of the Republic will not go unpunished.

“Naturally, the Donbass will not leave it unanswered. Time will tell what will be the answer, and what methods will be used. Yesterday we only said goodbye to Alexander Vladimirovich. And now it’s too early to talk about a ready plan of action, it’s not there yet. What that happened on Friday was a big thunder-clap. But we can confidently say that the course chosen by Alexander Zakharchenko was correct,” Denis Pushilin stressed.


People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic