16:21 Oct. 18, 2016
Glorification of the murdered militant is not official Russian position, Kremlin says
The sentiments in the Russian society towards the murder of Motorola in Donetsk do not reflect the official position of the Kremlin.
While many pro-separatist citizens in Russia say the militant should be awarded by Moscow posthumously, official authorities are trying to distance themselves from this stance.
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‘The public opinion is quite responsive to various events, to the roles of different people. This is not an official Russian position, this is an attribute of an absolutely free, pluralistic society that either likes something or not', the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on the possibility of awarding the murdered combatant, according to Russian media.
At the same time, he called the reaction, the death had caused among the militant leadership, understandable.
The separatist chief Zakharchenko accused Ukraine of ‘declaring a war' by killing Motorola.
When Peskov was asked whether Russia would react to Zakharchenko's statement, the spokesman said Moscow had ‘limited influence on the militants'.
‘But of course, none of that helps implement the Minsk agreements', Peskov said.
Motorola was killed in a blast while riding the elevator in his house in Donetsk on October 16.
Ukraine and the separatists accused each other of organizing the assassination.