Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko killed in explosion in Ukraine

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Prime minister of self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic dies in cafe blast

The leader of the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine has been killed in an explosion in a cafe in the region’s capital.

Alexander Zakharchenko was prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, which – along with a separatist republic in neighbouring Luhansk – has fought Ukrainian forces since 2014.

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