August 31, 2018 / 5:47 PM / 22 days ago

Russia's Putin says killing of Ukraine rebel leader a 'dastardly' crime

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called the killing of east Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko on Friday a “dastardly” act that aimed to destabilize the fragile peace in the region.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation on pension reforms in Moscow, Russia August 29, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

However, Putin, in a statement issued by the Kremlin, did not accuse Ukraine of being behind the killing. Putin expressed his condolences to Zakharchenko’s family.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Christian Lowe

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