Vladimir Antyufeyev, deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, listens during an interview with a Reuters journalist in Donetsk July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A 37-year-old rebel fighter in eastern Ukraine is speaking out against the separatist leadership, accusing them of adopting flashy lifestyles and pushing locals aside in a rebellion that has largely been taken over by Russians.The online post by Aleksander reflects simmering discontent among local people backing the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" over the sidelining of its Ukrainian-born leaders. Antyufeyev -- a senior separatist figure and the latest Russian-national to join the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) leadership -- said he was not aware of the post.A heated debate that developed on the website after the post appeared suggests separatist leaders should not dismiss it too easily, however, though it is not clear how popular it is among other rebels.Aleksander, who is from the port city of Mariupol that Kiev troops reclaimed from rebels in June, told Reuters with a grim smile he may end up being sorry for crossing the line of tight discipline imposed by some rebel commanders.
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