The pro-Russian militants use the death of Zakharchenko for the discreditation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Dmytro Hutsuliak, the spokesperson of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine claimed this referring to the information of the Chief Intelligence Department as 112.ua reported.
"The command of the Russia occupation troops uses the death of the head of the terrorist grouping Alexander Zakharchenko to discredit the Ukrainian law enforcement structures. Particularly, the Russian promoters continue to spread the gossips on the involvement of the Ukrainian special service in his death," he noted.
As Hutsuliak said, the work of the representatives of the propagandistic Russian mass media was activated at the front line of the formations and units of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Armed Forces of Russia to prepare the false and distorted materials about Ukraine and its Armed Forces.
To fabricate the fake video-materials, the militants carried the provocative attacks of the positions of the Joint Forces Operation, coordinating their actions with the arrived Russian camera crews.
"The reports fabricated in such way were submitted for the approval to the special commission of the Russian promoters who came from Russia on the eve of Zakharchenko's murder," Hutsuliak emphasized.
Earlier it was reported that the militants stopped to pass people through the demarcation line after the death of Zakharchenko.
Reportedly, on August 31, as a result of the explosion in the restaurant in the downtown of Donetsk, head of so-called “DNR” Aleksandr Zakharchenko died. The Russian mass media reported that Oleksandr Timofeyev, so-called "minister of revenue and duties" of so-called "DNR" has also died. The so-called “law enforcers” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they detained “Ukrainian saboteurs” who are presumably involved in the assassination of Zakharchenko. Although, SBU hasn’t approved the information.
ORDO, Separate district of Donetsk region, suspects one of the guards of Zakharchenko in his death. At the same time, the Russian MFA accused "Kyiv regime" in the death of Zakharchenko. It was reported on the closure of all crossing checkpoints along the Inter-Entity Boundary Line because of the incident. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences over the murder of Zakharchenko.