Deputies Marina Zheynova and Alexey Zhigulin comment on preliminary results of investigation into assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko

On September 15, the Acting Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin stated that information collected during the investigation of the assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, as well as the testimony of a detained SSU agent indicated the involvement of Ukraine and Western special services in this crime.

ʺThe investigation continues, but it has already been clarified that the SSU’s counterintelligence organized and carried out the terrorist act. It is a tragic event for us. We have to find out the truth with the help of our law-enforcement agencies and find not only perpetrators, but also to identify the organizers of this assassination,ʺ Marina Zheynova underlined in an interview with journalists.

ʺThe proofs of the involvement of the SSU employees in the organization of the assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko have been found thanks to the joint work of the representatives of our special services with colleagues from the Russian Federation. Moreover, according to the information presented at the Council of Ministers’ meeting by the Acting Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, technical means used in the terrorist act were not of Ukrainian origin. New investigation findings will be announced in due course,ʺ Alexey Zhigulin said.

The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic tragically died on August 31, as a result of the terrorist attack in the centre of Donetsk. A mourning ceremony for the leader of the state took place in the Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Solovyanenko on September 2. More than 200 thousand citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic came to honour the memory of the deceased. Delegations of four countries arrived in the Republic on the occasion of the funeral. The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin called the murder cowardly and expressed hope that the organizers and executors of this crime would be punished.

Let us add that a group of Russian investigators, who should find the assassins of the Head of the DPR, arrived in Donetsk. This was reported by Russian mass media referring to Head of the Intelligence and International Ties Department at Russia’s Federal Security Service Sergey Beseda.

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