August 11, 2014 / 1:15 PM / 3 years ago

Ukraine rebel leader says mulls counter attack

DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Rebels in east Ukraine, which were encircled by government forces over the weekend, are planning a major counter attack in the next 2-3 days, the new rebel leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, told reporters.

Last week, Zakharchenko - a native of east Ukraine - replaced Russian national Aleksander Borodai as the leader of the self-proclaimed, pro-Russian “Donetsk People’s Republic”, bringing hopes of a de-escalation in the conflict.

But on Monday, Zakharchenko told journalists a counter offensive was being prepared. He declined to give details. (Reporting by Sergei Karpukhin, writing by Dmitry Zhdannikov)

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