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Alexander Vladimirovich Zakharchenko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Влади́мирович Заха́рченко; IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ zɐˈxartɕɪnkə], Ukrainian: Олександр Володимирович Захарченко; born 1976) is the current head of state and Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic that declared independence from Ukraine on 11 May 2014. Zakharchenko was appointed Prime Minister in August 2014 after his predecessor, Alexander Borodai, resigned, and went on to win the early November, 2014 election for the position.
Zakharchenko was born in Donetsk on 26 June 1976. He graduated from technical school and then worked as a mine electrician. He rose to prominence in April 2014 as commander of a militia, formed from members of the civic and martial arts group Oplot, that led the separatist takeover of the 11-story government headquarters in central Donetsk. On 16 May 2014 Zakharchenko was appointed 'military commandant of Donetsk'. Since May 2014 Zakharchenko has played a major role in the insurgency against Ukraine's central government. On 24 July 2014 he was awarded the rank General Major in the DPR armed forces, shortly after he was wounded in the arm during fighting with Ukraine government forces.
Zakharchenko succeeded Alexander Borodai as Prime Minister on 7 August 2014. Borodai then became the DPR Deputy Prime Minister. In September 2014, he was the lead negotiator for the DPR at the Minsk Protocol, which agreed to a peace plan for the War in Donbass.
At the November 2, 2014 Donetsk parliamentary elections, Zakharchenko won the prime ministership with 78.93% of the vote.
In February, 2015 Zakharchenko, representing the DPR, agreed to the Minsk II peace treaty, calling it a “major victory for the Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics.” He was subsequently wounded in action during the closing stages of the Battle of Debaltsevo. In January 2016, he described the village of Kozhevnia as "a milestone for me", saying that it was "our first offensive. Unfortunately, in the course of fighting we practically destroyed this village. By burning down houses, we saved our lives and the lives of our people."
During the parliamentary election campaign Zakharchenko told potential voters that he wanted pensions to be "higher than in Poland." Zakharchenko said this was feasible because Donetsk is very rich, "like the United Arab Emirates. ... "We have coal, metallurgy, natural gas . . . The difference between us and the Emirates is they don’t have a war there and we do.” Zakharchenko promised to build "a normal state, a good one, a just one. Our boys died for this, civilians are still being killed for this until now."
Zakharchenko is in favour of the death penalty.
A solemn ceremony of presentation of a banner in the Donetsk Command and General Staff College.
That’s a fledgling educational organization for graduating top officers for motorised infantry, artillery and tank forces, intelligence, as well as military psychology. There are 120 students, including 10 girls.
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[YOUTUBE SOURCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQRnL7uRvDA&feature=youtu.be]
[eng subs] DPR PM Alexandr Zakharchenko explains things to UAF officer
Published on Jan 15, 2015
UAF officer stated that they're going to keep shelling Donetsk city until NAF stops attacking UAF troops at the airport (the operation started as a reaction on massive UAF shellstrike at Donetsk on 11/01/15). Donetsk Republic Prime Minister Alexandr Zakharchenko explained him what the situation really is.
VIDEO SOURCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgE92WJTmmE
The Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko addresses the crowd at the 2016 Victory Day Parade in DPR
EUROSCEPTIC QUOTES BY D.P.R HEAD
PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE HEAD OF DPR AND LPR (2 FEBRUARY 2015)
ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO ADDRESS TO THE YOUNG REPUBLIC (28 JUNE 2015 & 12 AUGUST 2015)
ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO’S CONDOLENCES TO THE FRENCH PEOPLE
Alexander Zakharchenko about ideology: "Why do we fight?"
The Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko gives a speech at Nearly 300 of first-year students of Donetsk Home Affairs Academy swore allegiance to the people of the Republic. (30 January 2016)
D.P.R YOUNG REPUBLIC YOUTH FORUM
MEMORY ALLEY OPENED IN THE LENIN KOMSOMOL PARK IN DONETSK (11 APRIL 2016)
INTERVIEWING THE D.P.R HEAD – ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO (20 APRIL 2016)
ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO - SURVIVING AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT (28 APRIL 2016)
D.P.R HEAD’S EASTER MESSAGE (1 MAY 2016)
POROSHENKO VERSUS ZAKHARCHENKO
ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO - DONBASS IS TIRED OF WAITING
Pogrebinsky: DPR readiness to attack Poroshenko’s military mission as a reminder of Minsk Agreements (24 May 2016)
ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO: DONETSK HAS UP TO 40,000 SKILLED MILITARY IN RESERVE
ZAKHARCHENKO VISITED THE FRONTLINE (28 MAY TO 2 JUNE 2016)
D.P.R HEAD ADDRESS ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (22 JUNE 2016)
D.P.R HEAD ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO CONGRATULATED THE UNITED KINGDOM ON LEAVING THE EUROPEAN UNION (24 JUNE 2016)
On 25th January 2016, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko took part in the first youth socially-political forum Freedom, Conscience, Justice and Equality.
This forum was dedicated to plans of development of the Republic. Young activists, leaders of the student movements of the DPR attended this event. The meeting was held in the Donbass national academy of Building and Architecture in Makeyevka.