The Residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic Said Goodbye to Aleksandr Zakharchenko

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

02/09/2018 1/2/3

Residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic during the farewell ceremony to the head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko shared their opinions about who the perished head of the republic was for them and for Donbass, reports the correspondent of the Federal News Agency.

Those who came to the civil funeral shared the opinion that Zakharchenko was the absolute leader of the DPR, and called his death an irreplaceable loss for Donetsk and the entire republic.

“He was able to organise work. He was the person for who we work, for who we live. My opinion and the opinion of many people is that he was a real hero, a real man,” said the inhabitant of the DPR.

“The act of terrorism that was committed by despicable, cowardly murderers is a terrorist attack not only against our leader, but also against all our Donetsk residents,” noted a woman who came to say goodbye to Zakharchenko.

She is sure that punishment will surely catch up with all guilty persons in the happened crime. The interlocutors of the FAN emphasized that Donbass will continue to build a free state and will carry out the tasks set for it.

“We will wear with honour those dreams that Aleksandr Vladimirovich carried. We have very strong, beautiful, and kind people,” concluded the inhabitant of the DPR.

About 120,000 people came to the farewell ceremony that took place in the Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after A. Solovyanenko.

Delegations from South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and the Russian Federation attended the memorial service and observed a minute of silence in his memory. The Ministry of Income and Revenues the Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksandr Timofeev, who received a severe wound during the terrorist attack in the “Separ” cafe, also came to say goodbye to the head of the republic.

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The minister assured in an interview that his condition steadily normalises and he will recover. According to him, he got off “lightly”Timofeev said that attending the ceremony was difficult for him, trying to hold back his emotions.

“Timofeev is a real warrior! Despite heavy wounds and multiple burns, he came by feet to say goodbye to his lost brother-in-arms!”

Soon after Vladimir Kornilov posted the above photos on Facebook, he received a 30-day ban:

“And again I was banned on FB for posting about today’s farewell to Zakharchenko. And again for 30 days. So you can read me only on Twitter and VK.”

So it would appear that, according to Facebook’s “neutral” algorithm posting photos of the war criminal John McCain’s funeral will not result in a ban, but photos of Zakharchenko’s funeral – yes. Business as usual then…

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