DISINFO: Ukraine is responsible for Zakharchenko's death
  • Outlet: hu.news-front.info (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 23, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): Hungarian
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine

DISINFO: Ukraine is responsible for Zakharchenko's death


Alexander Zakharchenko was murdered on the orders of the Ukrainian terrorist state in Kyiv which is planning other assassination attempts against the people’s leaders in the Donbas.


Recurring disinformation narrative promoted by pro-Kremlin disinformation actors. The narrative alleges Ukraine carries out "terrorist tactics" in the Donbas War.

Alexander Zakharcenko was the "prime minister" of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, one of the two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. He was heading the pro-Kremlin rebels from 2014 to his death in August 31, 2018 when a bomb ripped through a café in Donetsk.

While the Russian Foreign Ministry publicly blamed the bombing on Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities deny involvement in the bombing.

See previous examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation, including those about the downing of Malaysia Airlines' MH17 flight, in which pro-Kremlin actors were implicated, here.


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