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Translated by Ollie Richardson

12:16:55

08/02/2017

Novorosinform.org

According to the Donetsk News Agency, the commander of the Somali battalion Mikhail Tolstykh has been killed in Donetsk.

“Today at 06:12 Moscow time as a result of act of terrorism the hero of the DPR, commander of the Somali battalion colonel Mikhail Tolstykh, the famous “Givi” has died. This is a continuation of the terrorist war started by the Kiev regime against the residents of Donbass. The investigation team is working at the place of the terrorist attack,” declared the representative of the Defense Ministry.

A source close to the authorities of the DPR reported that Givi died as a result of an explosion on the base of the battalion in the neighborhood of Donetsk. As a result of the explosion in the Somali headquarters, a strong fire begun, at the time of the explosion Givi was in the office.

In turn, the source of Interfax in the prosecutor’s office of the DPR reported that the terrorist attack was organized by the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group.

Security measures in the DPR were strengthened, and inhabitants are urged to keep calm, and in case of identification of the suspects to report about it in bodies of state security. Earlier in the media there was information that the commander of the battalion took part in clashes near Avdeevka and received a slight injury.

As a reminder, on February 4th in Lugansk in his own car the head of department of the LPR People’s militia colonel Oleg Anashchenko was blown up. On October 16th, 2016, as a result of act of terrorism the legendary commander of Sparta Arseny Pavlov (Motorola) was killed.

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