Did Trump Regime Order Donbass Leader’s Murder?
by Stephen Lendman - stephenlendman.org
September 2, 2018
On August 31, US-installed Kiev fascists assassinated Aleksandr Zakharchenko, president of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in southeast Ukraine’s Donbass region.
DPR and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) broke away from Ukraine after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested fascist tyranny.
State-sponsored assassination, likely ordered by Trump regime hardliners, took Zakharchenko’s life, murdered by a blast in central Donetsk.
His bodyguard was also killed, nine others injured, including DPR Finance Minister Alexander Timofeev, reportedly in grave condition.
Acting DPR Prime Minister Dmitry Trapeznikov replaced Zakharchenko. According to the deceased president’s advisor Alexander Kazalov, a number of suspects were detained.
A state of emergency was declared, border checkpoints closed. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed Kiev for the incident, saying:
“Instead of implementing the Minsk agreements and looking for means to settle the internal conflict, Kiev’s party of war is implementing a terrorist scenario and is aggravating the already difficult situation in the region. Without fulfilling its peace promises, they decided to launch a bloody slaughter.”
Sergey Lavrov called Zakharchenko’s murder a well-planned “blatant provocation aimed at (further) undermining implementation of the Minsk Agreement in eastern Ukraine,” adding:
“Given the current situation, it’s impossible to talk about the nearest meetings in the Normandy format (involving Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) like many of our European partners would have wanted. It is a serious situation that must be analyzed. We are doing it right now.”
Minsk was dead on arrival like earlier ceasefire agreements – not worth the paper it’s written on because Washington wants endless conflict, not resolution – ongoing for over four years. Russia and Donbass alone fully observed Minsk principles.
Moscow called Zakharchenko’s assassination a “terrorist” act, blaming Kiev’s fascist regime for what happened.
Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) spokeswoman Elena Gitlyanskaya lied, claiming Kiev had nothing to do with clearly state-sponsored murder – likely ordered by Trump regime hardliners, carried out by Ukrainian puppet regime assassins.
Putin called Zakharchenko “a true people’s leader, a brave and resolute person, a patriot of Donbass,” adding:
“The vile murder of Alexander Zakharchenko is another evidence: those who chose the path of terror, violence, intimidation, do not want to seek a peaceful, political solution to the conflict, do not want to conduct a real dialogue with the inhabitants of the southeast.”
“They make a dangerous bet on the destabilization of the situation, to put the people of Donbass on their knees. This is not going to work.”
“Russia will always be with the people of Donetsk and Lugansk – against dark forces in Kiev and their paymasters in Washington, wanting fascist rule imposed in Donbass, opposing democratic governance everywhere.”
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.
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