KYIV (QHA) -

Russia will use the death of the leader of the terrorist "Donetsk People’s Republic" Aleksandr Zakharchenko to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Speaker of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Colonel Dmytro Hutsulyak said at a briefing.

“Russian propagandists are intensely spreading rumors of involvement of Ukrainian intelligence services in his [Alexander Zakharchenko’s - Ed.] death. At the same time, in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the work of the Russian propaganda media has been intensified on the advanced positions of the units and troops 1 and 2 of the Russian Armed Forces to create false and misleading materials on Ukraine and its Armed Forces,” Hutsulyak noted.

According to the Speaker of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, camera crews arrived from Russia to shoot fake video materials. For this purpose, Russian mercenaries fired the positions of the Joined Forces Units.

Reference: on August 31, in Donetsk after the explosion in a cafe the leader of terrorists "DPR" Aleksandr Zakharchenko died. During the explosion "Minister of Taxes and Income of the DPR" Aleksandr Timofeev was also wounded.

Reportedly, that people were forcibly brought at the funeral of Aleksandr Zakharchenko. All the "mourners" were taken to the place of last farewell in buses.

QHA