Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Trapeznikov was proclaimed the interim head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Donetsk on Friday.

"According to part 1, article 62 of the Constitution Donetsk People's Republic in connection with the tragic death of the Leader of Donetsk People's Republic Zakharchenko Alexander Vladimirovich Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Donetsk People's Republic Dmitry Viktorovich Trapeznikov is assigned with the post of acting Leader of Donetsk People's Republic," Trapeznikov announced.

Forty-two-year-old Zakharchenko was taken to hospital shortly after the explosion where he died of his injuries. The local authorities' Minister of Finance Aleksandr Timofeev and two others were injured in the explosion. According to local reports, the explosive device was placed in a car near the cafe.

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