A horrible thing has occurred for Donbass people and for me personally – my faithful friend, an honoured and respected man, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko was killed.
There are no words to express my grief and to describe the horror of this situation.
Alexander Vladimirovich was a dedicated son of the Donetsk land, a patriot and a fierce defender of Donbass people. His invaluable contribution to the development of democracy and freedom in the Republic in the time of war will always stay in the memory of the nation. The life and activities of Alexander Vladimirovich have always been and remain an example of a committed and conscious service to the nation.
I see the tragic passing away of the Head of our state as an irreparable loss. Alexander Vladimirovich was my close and faithful friend, I will never forget him. I remember our long-standing friendship with warmth and heartfelt gratitude. He was very supportive of me. I extend my most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the distinguished man.
Rest in Peace, Alexander Vladimirovich. You will always be in our hearts.