August 31, 2018 / 4:02 PM / a year ago

Rebel media confirms separatist leader in east Ukraine killed in blast

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The official media outlet of Russia-backed separatists in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine confirmed rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko had been killed on Friday.

The Donetsk News Agency said in a statement on its website that Zakharchenko had been killed in an explosion in central Donetsk, citing the rebel leader’s administration.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Anton Zverev; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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