Print Edition - 2018-09-03  |  World News Digest

Thousands mourn east Ukraine ‘hero’


Sep 3, 2018-

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday to pay their final respects to separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko, while an aide to the Russian president praised him as a “brother” and a “hero”. Throngs of admirers—many clutching flowers and in tears—formed a line to view the flag-draped casket of the 42-year-old chief of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, whose body was lying in state in a theatre. Zakharchenko was killed in a bombing at a Donetsk cafe on Friday, becoming the four-year conflict’s most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side.

Published: 03-09-2018 09:03

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