• The Prime Minister of the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, was killed on Friday in a cafe bombing in Donetsk.
  • The explosion also wounded Alexander Timofeyev, the DPR's finance minister.
  • Russian media says several "Ukrainian saboteurs" have since been arrested.

The leader of the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine was killed on Friday in a cafe bombing, according to several reports.

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