On Aug. 31 Alexander Zakharchenko was killed in a blast in a café in Donetsk, Ukraine, where he was meeting with other members of the self-proclaimed government of the Donetsk Republic.

Everyone seems to be blaming everyone else for the incident. No one is taking responsibility.  Yet every side has a reason to accuse others. Russian President Putin described the act as “dastardly,” but he hasn’t outwardly accused Kiev of plotting this attack. However, the Russian foreign ministry has, “there is every reason to believe the Kiev regime is behind the murder,” said spokesperson Maria Zacharova.

But what were the motives?

In Russia, some say that Zakharchenko may have fallen out of favor with the country’s leadership, and so that it was the FSB’s doing.