"They claim that two groups of [Ukrainian] saboteurs were involved [in Zakharchenko elimination]. They are already talking about the Ukrainian connection: 14 persons are being suspected of being members of the mentioned subversive squads. A source says that four of them have already admitted cooperation with Ukraine but this is fake news. They were coerced into confession. They (the "DPR State Security Ministry" members – Ed.) were tasked to inform the public on the successful completion of probe after Zakharchenko’s funeral, which will be held tomorrow, Sept. 2," human rights activist Pavlo Lysianskyi, who represents the Ukrainian ombudsperson in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
He also said that the lawyers and relatives were granted no permission to visit the detainees at Donetsk-based pre-trial detention center. There is also no news coming from the "DPR" prisons.
On Aug. 31, terrorists’ leader Zakharchenko was killed in a blast in Donetsk-based cafe. So called "finance minister" of the self-proclaimed republic, Alexander Timofeev aka Tashkent, was severely wounded in explosion.
Ukraine’s Security Service said Zakharchenko was killed as a result of either a power struggle among the terrorists or was eliminated by the Russian secret services.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, as is customary, said that it were the warmongers from among the Ukrainian authorities who were behind Zakharchenko’s assassination.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that this "provocation" was aimed at disrupting efforts to settle the conflict in the Donbas.
So-called "First Deputy Prime Minister of the DPR" Dmitry Trapeznikov, who prior to the Russian-Ukrainian war was in charge of the football fan organization of tycoon Rinat Akhmetov's FC Shakhtar Donetsk, was appointed acting head of the fake republic.