Alexander Zakharchenko - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Alexander Zakharchenko


Ukraine rebel's murder a 'provocation' against peace, says Kremlin

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, is killed in a bombing at a cafe in Donetsk, becoming the 4-year conflict's most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side

SEPARATIST LEADER. In this file photo taken on November 4, 2014, the newly elected leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko (R), takes the oath during an inauguration ceremony in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

Fresh Ukraine clashes kill 2 as rebels plan new 'state'

Jul 19, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Kiev says the two servicemen were killed by shelling from Russian backed rebels some 40 kilometers north of the insurgent capital Donetsk the deadliest daily toll in two weeks

Ukraine rebels announce new 'state'

Jul 19, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Ukraine s pro Western authorities immediately ridicule the idea as a Kremlin project they would never allow to get off the ground

Russia lashes out at law to erase Ukraine's Soviet past

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:48 AM

The package of laws bans Soviet flags and means Soviet era Lenin statues will have to be knocked down and town squares renamed across the country of some 45 million

'Stop shooting,' EU pleads as Ukraine ceasefire teeters

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:47 AM

Fighting rages around a strategic railway hub and both sides say conditions are not met to start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline

EMERGENCY. Separatist rebels help an injured comrade near a hospital in Donetsk, Ukraine, 16 February 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine truce largely observed – except around flashpoint town

Feb 15, 2015 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED Ukraine s military says that across the entire conflict zone its soldiers positions had come under fire from the rebels 60 times on Sunday with Debaltseve the main hotspot

STRUGGLE FOR NORMAL. Locals, wary of the violence in Ukraine, receive humanitarian aid supplies in the village of Shirokino, some 20 km from the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Photo by Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Ukraine ceasefire begins after fierce fighting in besieged town

Feb 15, 2015 - 10:47 AM

An agreed ceasefire in Ukraine goes into effect under a cloud of mistrust after fighting raged until the last minute and Kiev and the US accused Russia of fueling a final push by rebels to gain territory

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) speaks to top military officials in Kiev, Ukraine, 14 February 2015. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

EU suspends new sanctions pending Ukraine summit

Feb 10, 2015 - 9:33 AM

EU foreign ministers postpone new sanctions against Russia for a week to boost the chances of success at a 4 way Ukraine peace summit Wednesday

Servicemen of volunteers battalion Azov in action during their military training near Mariupol of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 06 February 2015. Ivan Boberskyy/EPA

4-way emergency Ukraine summit planned February 11

Feb 09, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The leaders of Ukraine Germany and France are pushing for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a frantic bid to halt escalating bloodshed in eastern Ukraine

TIRED. Ukrainian servicemen rest on a tank in Artyomovsk of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 08 February 2015. Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

West presses Putin to back 'last-chance' Ukraine peace bid

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:09 AM

While Western leaders are united in condemning Russia for supporting rebels they differ on whether to back Ukraine s beleaguered army with weapons

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A pro-Russian rebel picks up a Ukrainian flag on February 7, 2015 in the eastern Ukrainian town of Vuglegirsk in the Donetsk region. Andrey Borodulin/AFP

Hollande floats Ukraine peace plan as leaders flock to Kiev

Feb 05, 2015 - 8:16 PM

As the European leaders set out on the biggest peace push so far to end the near 10 month conflict at least 19 people were killed in fresh clashes

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

Hospital shelled in east Ukraine as calls mount for truce

Feb 05, 2015 - 7:32 AM

The latest deaths come as international pressure grows for an immediate halt to surging violence which has seen hundreds of civilians killed in recent weeks

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

Ukraine separatists vow to mobilize 100,000 fighters

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The pledge to dramatically escalate a 9 month conflict comes as the rebels battled to encircle the beleaguered transport hub of Debaltseve

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard in front of the hospital, as they wait for the injured soldiers from Debaltseve, in eastern city of Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 02 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Obama ramps up pressure on Russia after deadly Ukraine blitz

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Obama says he will now look at all options – short of military intervention – to restrain Russian President Vladimir Putin s alleged proxy war aimed at stripping Ukraine s pro Western leaders of their vital eastern industrial base

Smoke and flames rise above a burning building after shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, 24 January 2015. Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Rebel leader to launch assault on Ukraine's Mariupol

Jan 24, 2015 - 11:12 PM

According to Russia s RIA Novosti Donetsk separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko says his group is launching an offensive against Mariupol

Miner's son, Lenin fan set to win separatist Ukraine votes

Nov 03, 2014 - 1:10 AM

Alexander Zakharchenko who commands rebels fighting Ukrainian government forces in Donetsk faces no real opposition; so does Lugansk s Igor Plotnitsky a former Soviet army officer who rose to the top of the separatist ranks

PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS. Alexander Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic and presidential candidate speaks to media after his vote in Donetsk on November 2, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine began voting in controversial leadership elections on Sunday that Kiev and the West have refused to recognise and which threatened to deepen an international crisis over the conflict. Photo by AFP/Alexander Khudoteply

Ukraine rebels plan votes in blow to Poroshenko truce

Sep 24, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The self proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People s Republics said they would hold simultaneous votes on November 2 to choose their leaders and Supreme Soviets or parliaments

Smoke from a burning fuel dump at the Donetsk airport can be seen from a pro-Russia separatists checkpoint on September 23, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

Ukraine rebels start pullback under peace deal

Sep 23, 2014 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED Across the flashpoint industrial regions of Donetsk and Lugansk the level of violence appears to have subsided after five months of fighting that has killed around 3 000 people and sent East West tensions soaring

Ukrainian servicemen man positions with APCs and tanks on September 21, 2014 near the town of Debaltseve in the region of Donetsk. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Obama, Poroshenko meet as peace deal hopes rise

Sep 18, 2014 - 12:37 PM

President Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace when he meets Obama in Washington in the hope of winning a special status guaranteeing his troubled nation s security

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a pro Ukraine rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during Poroshenko's first official visit to Canada, September 17, 2014. Goeff Robins/AFP

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels agree ceasefire

Sep 06, 2014 - 1:40 AM

Skeptical Western governments said they still planned to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow over what they claim is Russian aggression in the former Soviet state

CEASEFIRE DEAL. (From L-R) Representative of self-proclaimed 'People Republic of Donetsk' Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, rebel leader of 'People Republic of Lugansk' Igor Plotnitsky, OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, and former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma make an official statement on the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, Belarus, on September 5, 2014. Ukraine, Vasily Maximov/AFP

NATO warns Russia over 'blatant violations' in Ukraine conflict

Aug 30, 2014 - 8:27 AM

We urge Russia to cease its illegal military actions stop its support to armed separatists and take immediate and verifiable steps towards de escalation of this grave crisis