Pro-Russian separatist Zakharchenko wins Ukraine rebel vote: Organisers

Pro-Russian separatist Alexander Zakharchenko has easily won a rebel leadership election in eastern Ukraine, the vote`s organisers said on Monday.

Donetsk: Pro-Russian separatist Alexander Zakharchenko has easily won a rebel leadership election in eastern Ukraine, the vote`s organisers said on Monday.

"The central election commission deems Alexander Zakharchenko to be the elected head of the Donetsk People`s Republic," an election official, Roman Lyagin, told journalists in Donetsk, the separatists` political and military stronghold in eastern Ukraine. 

Sunday`s vote, which was denounced by President Petro Poroshenko as a "farce (conducted) under the barrels of tanks and machine guns", has worsened a standoff between Russia and the West over the future of Ukraine.