Spokesperson of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov claimed that Russia will not withdraw from the Minsk process due to the murder of the Head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
"After the happened terrorist act (the murder of Zakharchenko) it is very difficult to talk about something with the Ukrainian side. But I repeat one more time, it does not mean that Russia withdraws from the Minsk Talks," Peskov said.
Earlier Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that after the death of the former leader of DNR there can be no possibility of the Normandy Four meeting.
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.