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Prosecutor General’s Office to continue investigation of crimes of ex-Head of occupied Donetsk

The documents which confirm the death of Zakharchenko’s death are absent at the materials of the case
14:37, 14 September 2018

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine does not see any grounds for stop of the investigation and close of the criminal proceeding against head of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” Alexander Zakharchenko who died in the result of the explosion in Donetsk as Ukrainian News reported.

According to the message, at the moment, the documents which confirm the death of Zakharchenko’s death are absent at the materials of the case. Taking into account that Donetsk is temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine then it is impossible to confirm or deny the death of Zakharchenko by holding of the investigative actions and forensic analysis.

“In such circumstances, there are no grounds for close of the criminal proceedings (against Zakharchenko) is not envisaged at the moment,” the prosecutor’s office said.

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According to the message, the Security Service of Ukraine investigates the case in the suspicion in the terrorism, attack at official or public person, separatism and seizure of state authority against 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.    

Related: FSB arrives in Donetsk to investigate murder of Zakharchenko

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.   

On September 2, Zakharchenko was buried in Donetsk next to pro-Russian militants "Givi" and "Motorola".

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