Ukraine Day 1689: UPDATES BELOW. Campaigning has begun in unrecognized elections in November for the head of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic”.
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ICRC delivers humanitarian relief.
The Russia-backed forces of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) did not confirm these losses. The separatist news services Dan-News.info reported that Ukrainian troops fired 25 times in the past 24 hours on Spartak, Zhabichevo, Staromikhalovka, Aleksandrovka, Gorlovka, Zaytsevo, the Gagarin coal mine, Ozeryanovka, Yasinovataya, Krutaya Balka, Mineral’noye, Dokuchayevsk, Zaichenko, Leninskoye, Sakhanka.
Denis Pushilin, long-time spokesman for the DNR in Moscow and acting head of the DNR is widely believed to be backed to replace Zakharchenko.
Ivan Mikhailov, a candidate for head of the DNR who had registered his candidacy with the DNR’s central election commission has withdrawn his candidacy and indicated his backing for Pushilin, Dan-News.Info reported.
Leonid Pasechnik, acting head of the self-proclaimed “Lugansk People’s Republic,” who took over after the resignation of former leader Igor Plotnitsky, wished Pushilin well on his campaign.
Alexei Borodai, former DNR leader, has published in both Russian and English disparaging commentary on former “people’s governor of Donetsk” Pavel Gubarev on the DNR website, calling Gubarev’s claim that he had support to run in the elections from Moscow “a farce.”
Meawhile Col. Igor Strelkov (Igor Girkin), former head of the DNR forces, has denounced Boroday for “sleeping with prostitutes in VIP rooms at 5-star hotels” “while we were working.” He said claimed that “a large part” of the funds Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev delivered to the DNR was pocketed by Boroday.
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The much-criticized bridge to occupied Crimea has run into the kind of troubles that historically plagued other occupiers.