14:47 Jun. 8, 2016
Zakharchenko says he will soon hold online-conference with Ukraine's capital
The leader of the Russian-backed separatist forces, Alexander Zakharchenko said he planned to hold a conversation with Kyiv residents. His announcement arrived amid his alleged online-conference with the Ukrainians, who live in Zaporizhia.
"Let me tell you a small secret. I'm going to hold an online-conference with Kyiv in the nearest future. We have received so many questions from the Mother of all Russian cities (Kyiv's title) ", Zakharchenko said on June 8, 2016.
At the same time the militant failed to provide an exact date of this "discussion".
Earlier Zakharchenko claimed he held similar online-conferences with the citizens of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Odesa regions. According to him, Ukrainians wanted to know about the life in the occupied territories and how to oppose the official government in Kyiv. But while the separatist said he had answered all the questions, Ukraine's SBU security service stated, the conversation was staged.
"We have information about the real number of the questions for the fuhrer of the so-called DPR, and their content. People in Odesa turned out to be even wittier, than the Kharkiv residents", SBU spokesperson Olena Hitlianska posted on Facebook. She said most of the comments Ukrainians made were making fun of Zakharchenko's attempts to convince them to join the separatists' cause.
Alexander Zakharchenko, who was born in Donetsk in 1976, was appointed as the leader of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic in August 2014. He replaced Alexander Borodai, an alleged Russian FSB officer.
The militants' leader is known for his radical position regarding Ukraine. Earlier he said, Donbas would never return under Kyiv's control, unless Ukraine reverts to the pre-Maidan times and undergoes a process of "denazification". He also threatened to kill Nadiya Savchenko.
Ukraine and the West have repeatedly called Zakharchenko a man, controlled by the Kremlin.