The so-called "chairman of the People's Council of the DNR" Denis Pusilin left the post of "head of the central executive committee of "The Donetsk Republic" ("DR") social movement. This was announced on 18 October by the "DNR" leader Alexander Zakharchenko, - the separatist agency DAN reports.
According to Zakharchenko, Pushilin left "DR", because "now he is engaged in more serious and important work: this is a people's council, where a lot of forces are required, as well as the Minsk negotiations".
"This is the work that will allow us, I hope, to resolve the conflict with Ukraine by diplomatic efforts", - Zakharchenko said.
At the same time, he stressed that Pusilin will have to lead another "important direction for the republic – the Donbass integration with the Russian Federation". "We need a breakthrough here. This is the most important direction that he will take", - the "DNR" leader stated.
It is also reported that Natalia Volkova, the director general of the Donetsk National Academic Musical and Drama Theatre, became the "successor" of Pushilin as "the head of the Central Executive Committee of the DNR". She is a daughter of the deceased director of the theater Mark Brovun, the national artist of Ukraine and the winner of Shevchenko National Prize.