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Rebel 'prime minister' of Ukraine's Donetsk says he's quitting post

Published on Aug 7, 2014 11:57 PM
 
Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic', attends a news conference in Donetsk on June 21, 2014. He announced on Thursday that he was resigning his position. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) - The prime minister of Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic announced Thursday that he was resigning his position.

Russian citizen Alexander Borodai said he was stepping down in favour of a local field commander, Alexander Zakharchenko, after finishing his work as a “start-upper”.

Borodai denied he was fleeing the unrecognised republic as a brutal government offensive closed in around the million-strong city.

“I think that the worst is over. Yes, we are in a very difficult military situation but every day this situation changes for the better and our armed forces grow stronger,” he told journalists at a press conference in the rebel headquarters.

 
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