Separatist Donetsk People's Republic Gets A New Leader "To Beef Up The Military Wing"

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A few hours ago, the existing head of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic in East Ukraine, Aleksander Borodai, current head of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" (DNR), and one of the Russian nationals that have taken top roles among the pro-Russia rebels, was said to be quitting his post. Moments ago RIA confirmed that Borodai is indeed out and would be replaced with Alexander Zakharchenko, a native of Donetsk, who heads a heavily armed rebel unit called Oplot. Contrary to some early erroneous speculation that this replacement is a sign of moderation of hostilities, Reuters reports, citing a source, that "He is being named to beef up the military wing."

More from Reuters:

Zakharchenko, in his late 30s, was among the first separatists who occupied the regional administration building in Donetsk when pro-Russian crowds captured it in March following the ousting of a Moscow-allied president in Kiev.


Andrei Purgin, one of the DNR leaders, said that change was being considered but had not been formally approved as yet. One of Zakharchenko's aides said: "It's more likely to happen than not to happen."

It happened. And for those curious for a glimpse into Zakharchenko's state of mind, here is a transcript of PBS Newshour from April.

MARGARET WARNER: To the east, in the provincial capital, Donetsk, masked militants overran more government buildings today. They have already occupied the regional governor’s office for 10 days. This man, unmasked, made their case to reporters in front of the city council building.


ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO, Pro-Russian Activist (through interpreter): Our main demand is to send a message to Ukraine’s parliament demanding to pass a law about local referendums. The second demand is for the city council to help in organizing a local referendum about self-determination of the Donetsk region on May 11.


MARGARET WARNER: His name is Alexander Zakharchenko, and last month, refusing to give his last name, he took us on a tour through Donetsk checkpoints that he and his comrades manned. He said they meant to prevent incursions by supporters of the Kiev government.


ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO (through interpreter): Donetsk is a sleeping giant. Don’t wake it up. If it wakes up, there will be no place for anyone. Kiev cannot threaten our blood ties to Russia. Let us decide our own future.

Hoping for a de-escalation under the new leader? Don't hold your breath.

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Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Looks like its 'Hammer Time?'

813kml's picture

Good for them, as long as the new uniforms don't include "Hammer Pants".

drink or die's picture

That would be one military I would consider joining.

ebworthen's picture

Maybe in preparation for some help from the Russians, as in tanks rolling across the border?

One can only hope.

geno-econ's picture

The chill of winter begins in September when people seek warmth indoors with the ground freezing in December when tanks do not need highways to travel swiftly. Russians are superb winter fighters and will not need Nuland cookies to boost morale.

ChiangMai's picture


More hope here:

In Transcarpathia an uprising is born against Kiev

(Transcarphathia is in far western Ukraine, near the Hungarian border)

...On 3rd of August, Dmytri Dzygovbrodsky, a blogger, published the report of Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Carpathian Ruthenia, Peter Getsko, on the current situation in the region.

“Transcarpathia is one step away from a full-blown riot. We will witness what it will grow into, in the next couple of days. People of the People's Republic of Carpathia are against the military mobilisation of its citizens for Kiev’s fascist war. Citizens of the People's Republic of Carpathia demand autonomy. Everything is being decided right at this moment. Hopefully, a second front will be opened...


directaction's picture

Where's the beef? 


Atomizer's picture

Looks like the IMF is pushing SDR as a solution to BRICS.

Two dogs's picture

Zakharchenko appears to be a reasonable chap.

disabledvet's picture

Thus is why it's called a "war machine." Once it gets started you can't turn it off.

This is all about political will now...don't think it was ever about anything else actually.

Atomizer's picture

Hence, how will the Federal Reserve survive on new bubbles if supply and demand is no longer war?

Derivatives will implode. I cannot lie, this is the end game. The QE print game is the fabric holding together the Federal Reserve. 

I love my country, we need to regroup fellow Americans. Let's rethink a strategy. 

Tell the BOJ and City of London to suck cock. Scotland, get out of the EU. 

Absalon's picture

The leaders of the "rebellion" have been Russian nationals working for the Russian security services.  So Putin finally realized that situation made it too obvious that the rebellion is really an invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

The Russian officers needed to be replaced by Ukrainian figureheads to try to give the Zerohedge idiots room to continue their self delusion that this is not a Russian invasion.

Two dogs's picture

Demanding a local referendum about self-determination seems a strange way to invade a country.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

@ twodogs

I offer the contrary thought my friend, China invades by way of assimilation, similarly Russia is eating the elephant one bit at a time, so helping them find their 'cultural roots' and playing on that Donestk decides themselves (i.e Crimea) and war can be avoided.

Two dogs's picture

Thanks for putting me straight on that. I never knew that China got to be the size it is by the ballot-box.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

ass imilation (like ramming themselves into you until you say uncle). never said ballot box but check out nepal and history. cheers 2dawg.

Victor999's picture

I hope they are getting Russian support.....indeed, I hope they get a lot more of it.  What's wrong with that?  Kiev is certainly getting plenty of foreign help.  Fair is fair, is it not?

Circle of DNA's picture

Who gives a shit, Kiev was The first Rus capital and according to the Slavic DNA project Ukrainians are the original Russians , unfortunately Uncle Zion poisoned their minds and corrupted their souls. Now some detoxing and cleansing has to be done, in order to awaken the people of Kiev  from this Zio-Nazi nightmare.

oudinot's picture


The first Rus capital was ,Vladimir', some 50 miles east of Moscow. Till the end of the Tsars one of the titles was the Throne of Vladimir.

Vladimir has been populated one way or another for 25,000 years.


basho's picture

amazing display of logic. where have you been. your enlightened commentary adds comic relief. bravo

Omen IV's picture

its not a russian invasion and ......Academi subsidiary International Development Solutions aka Blackwater is not CIA

AnAnonymous's picture

The Donestk government is collapsing again, they' ve chosen a new leader.

Victor999's picture

Dream on, is a change of guard, that's man quits, another takes his place.....

basho's picture

come on you can do better than that. can't you?

vyeung's picture

well, I'm glad they woke someone up with a spine. About time someone took these fools down in Kiev. Farking sick of the shit DC/Langley continue to pull in countries. These people only want a peaceful co-existence, instead washington through its various criminals extensions, install a coup government, kill its citizen's and disregard their rights and then blame Russia for their fuck ups. Sign of times if people think Russia is the evil doer. The MOFO's in ECB/Fed are the ones pouring fuel on the fire.

Atomizer's picture

Don't worry, wait until you see power end in death. 

NSA can check my IP address and phone records. When they are killed. No records. A pigeon send me a message. You have no evidence and I have no involvement in taking down the sociopaths. Wait for the bloodbath to begin. 

Blows a kiss. 

mpadpy's picture

Interesting interview on what Kiev considers a success.. The commander is told he is on trial for not succeeding and will be in front a tribunal as soon as he gets back. He only lost half the men and failed.. Seems similar to a soviet penal battalion.. Colonel Cassad (in English)

And during the scary shelling on Saur-Mogila you lost only one person?

And now we are blamed for that: saying that you weren't there, too few dead, few wounded. I think that we should be glad. ...Yesterday our group drove to Saur-Mogila with the 8-th regiment. My friend perished there. A piece of shrapnel hit him in the head. He was a machine gunner on the IFV. When we still stood under Ugledar, he met a local girl. And, apparently, she's pregnant from him. And now the parents of my friend want to bring her to their home, so that at least some memory is left of their son.

oudinot's picture

"Let us determine our own future"

Very Wilsonian; isn't that what America stands for,"officially"?

Atomizer's picture

The people above the government warn connections. Live with it. 

I'm doing my part to warn you. It's going to end up in a bloodbath. Not good. Start thinking about working together. Instead of killing each other. 

Remove cultural differences. This will close the banking hedge gamble. 

God bless us all. 

Mine Is Bigger's picture

I am in Odessa now.  Things are calm.  It is actually very quiet, since Russian and Western tourists are not coming.  

It feels like the tourist count is down much more than 50% from last year.  A year ago, I heard English spoken on the street several times a day.  I have been here for 10 days now and heard English just once.  Restaurants and shops are mostly emtpy.  A massive economic pain is clearly ahead.