August 31, 2018 / 5:51 PM / 25 days ago

Russia to treat killing of east Ukraine rebel leader as 'international terrorism'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s state investigative committee said on Friday it was treating the killing of Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, as an act of international terrorism.

FILE PHOTO: Alexander Zakharchenko, separatist leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, stands on the stage during a concert at a local theatre in Donetsk, Ukraine, October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/File Photo

A criminal investigation into the killing has been opened, the committee said in its statement.

Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Gareth Jones

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