The second factor is the statement of Zakharchenko himself about the fact that if he wins the elections for the head of the DPR, he will make every effort to restore the territory of the republic within the borders of the former Donetsk region of Ukraine. Alexandra Zakharchenko quotes RIA News:
In the event of victory, I promise to do everything possible and impossible, to make every effort to ensure that the people in the near future liberate the entire territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, illegally occupied.
Will these efforts be purely political or military? - Zakharchenko did not specify.
At the same time, the acting head of the DPR declared that the authorities of the republic had signed an agreement with Kiev on the line of separation and the withdrawal of heavy equipment from the special dividing line. The village of Peski, from whose territory the Ukrainian security forces attacked Donetsk, under this agreement, according to the head of the DPR, came under the control of the republic.