Zakharchenko told the Russian Expert magazine that he planned to file his resignation after signing a cease-fire agreement because he thought he would be considered a traitor of the republic, which is considered a terrorist organization in Ukraine. Days later, at a press briefing on Oct. 8, he denied his intentions to resign.
But that does not mean he likes the peace deal much, he told Expert. Zakharchenko said that between Sept. 5 and Oct. 2 the insurgents reclaimed 38 townships. And yet he claimed that the insurgents have never violated the truce.
“We didn’t violate the agreement, we never opened fire first, but we always fired back,” Zakharchenko said, adding that there is “a different price to pay for the freedom.”