Relatives of late Vasily Burov react during his funeral at a cemetery in the eastern Ukrainian city of Makiyivka, near Donetsk, on May 31, 2014. Burov, 46, was killed in combat with Ukrainian troops in Gorlovka, a small city in the Donetsk region, on May 29. Ukraine accused Russia on on may 31 of unleashing a mass propaganda campaign to persuade global powers not to recognise an election that gave the presidency to a pro-Western tycoon. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV
DONETSK, Ukraine — Not long ago, Alexander Borodai, a fast-talking Muscovite with a stylish goatee, worked as a consultant for an investment fund in Moscow. Today he is prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, zipping around town in a black S.U.V. with tinted windows and armed guards and commanding what he says are hundreds of fighters from Russia.