Western governments suggest the Kremlin is behind unrest in eastern Ukraine, where several cites have seen government buildings occupied by pro-Russian protesters.
The killing of rebel leader Zakharchenko is a provocation aimed at disrupting the peace process, said Russia's top diplomat, Sergey Lavrov. Talks involving Kyiv, Moscow, Berlin and Paris are currently "impossible."
In an interview with DW, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker blamed Russia for the stalemate in talks. He also reaffirmed the US's readiness to supply additional lethal weapons to Kyiv.
Moscow called the high-profile killing of a pro-Russian separatist leader in Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region "a provocation." DW spoke to experts about what the brutal murder means for long-stalled efforts at peace.
Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko has been laid to rest after he was killed in a cafe bombing on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide Vladislav Surkov described Zakharchenko as a "brother."
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