According to the terrorists sooner or later he would be forced to sign agreement on conditions that would be disadvantageous for DNR [Donetsk People’s Republic]. Zakharcheko believes that in this way he would betray those who believe him. According to him, resignation is a way to avoid betrayal.
We were expected to sign that line and after that we would have to give back [territories] we had. I refused to sign it. It would be a betrayal of people who live there. Of those who were fighting with me. I have just written letter of resignation’. Zakharchenko addressed journalists who was talking with him: ‘You are standing next to man who might no longer be the Prime Minister of DNR in 2,5 hours. You are the only one journalist who knows about that. I cannot betray my people. I did not sleep all night. We were deciding what to do next, and we decided not to retreat. However, if I do not resign from this post now I’ll become a traitor. Because I would be forced to sign this line’.