The "DNR" leader Alexander Zakharchenko has confirmed his intention to "participate in the elections of head of the republic" in 2018. He stated this to DAN Donetsk separatist agency.
"If we pay attention to the situation in international stage, in Minsk in particular, we see that Ukraine has not even been honored to pass the law on special status in full. Obviously, we perceive such actions of Kyiv unequivocally – as unwillingness to fulfill the "Minsk". Considering this, I do not see any obstacles in order to take part in the 2018 elections of head as a representative of "The Donetsk Republic" social movement", - Zakharchenko stated.