Print Edition - 2018-09-02  |  World News Digest

Rebel’s murder in Ukraine a ‘provocation’ against peace

- Post Report, MOSCOW

Sep 2, 2018-

The murder of east Ukraine’s main separatist leader is a provocation that will undermine a Western-brokered peace agreement, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Saturday. “This is no doubt a provocation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, Russian news agencies reported. “Zakharchenko’s death will certainly lead to increased tensions in the region” and undermine the so-called Minsk agreements brokered by France and Germany in 2015. The 42-year-old head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic was killed in a bombing at a cafe in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk on Friday, becoming the four-year conflict’s most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side. Other Russian officials were also quick to stress that Zakhar-chenko’s assassination was a huge blow to efforts to settle the Ukraine crisis. (Agencies)

Published: 02-09-2018 09:24

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