August 31, 2018 / 5:51 PM / 3 months ago

Russia's Putin says killing of Ukraine rebel leader a 'dastardly' crime

FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko attends a news conference in Donetsk, Ukraine August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called the killing of east Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko on Friday a “dastardly” act that aimed to destabilise the fragile peace in the region.

However, Putin, in a statement issued by the Kremlin, did not accuse Ukraine of being behind the killing. Putin expressed his condolences to Zakharchenko’s family.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Christian Lowe

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