Earlier today (June 22) occurred the “Direct Line” (Прямая линия) between Alexander Zakharchenko and the people of Kiev. Zakharchenko of course is the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the region which broke away from the Ukraine.
Although just a regional leader, there have long been signs and portents that Zakharchenko, who has shown himself to be an expert politician, has higher aspirations, namely to be the President of all of Ukraine. This might seem like an insane fantasy, but one never knows. Stranger things have happened in Russian history.
Let me explain what “Direct Line” is: For the past year or so, Zakharchenko, emulating Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is also a master at this form of communication, has conducted online video conferences in which he answers questions prepared for him and submitted over the internet by residents of various regions of the Ukraine, including major cities such as Kharkov and Odessa; and also Zaporozhie. But for some time now Zakharchenko has also been accumulating questions and comments from the residents of Kiev, which he calls “the mother of all Russian cities”.
On youtube, I was able to find the following segments of Zakharchenko’s Direct Line —
Zakharchenko on MH17
One of the questions fielded by Zakharchenko was the very sensitive and painful topic of the Malaysian airliner, the Boeing MH17, which was shot down over the Donbass region on 17 July 2014. It is coming upon the second anniversary, with the “international community”, i.e., Western powers, still keeping coy about their findings, as to “who dunnit”.
According to Zakharchenko, when asked about this during the Direct Line:
“We know the truth, and other governments know the truth as well, but they won’t come out and say it, for political reasons.”
More specifically: “We know that we didn’t do it. And the only other logical suspect is the only party which actually has access to the skies over the Ukraine. This is why [the Ukrainian government] pretends to conduct an investigation, in order to muddy the waters and conceal the evidence. Whereas we, on the other hand, presented all the evidence and facts that we had at our disposal. Now we just wait for the world to admit the simple truth: That the Ukrainians shot down the Boeing.”