Pro-Russia Separatist Leader Zakharchenko Killed in Eastern Ukraine

Aleksandr Zakharchenko. Credit: Andrew Butko

(From RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty)

The death on August 31 of Aleksandr Zakharchenko at the Separ cafe — a separatist-themed establishment featuring camouflage netting hanging from its eaves — drove the separatist council into an emergency meeting and angered the separatists’ backers in Moscow.

Zakharchenko’s killing was the latest in a series of violent deaths of separatist officials and commanders in eastern Ukraine, where the Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting the central government in Kyiv since 2014 in a war that has killed more than 10,300. Many of the assassinations have been blamed on fellow separatists.

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