Donbas war: Russian warlord killed in Donetsk – both sides confirm

03:00 Oct. 17, 2016

Russian warlord killed in Donetsk – both sides confirm

Motorola in the parade in Donetsk (by social media)

Arseny ‘Motorola' Pavlov is infamous for declaring he personally killed 15 unarmed hostages

Russian officers and their local collaborators are still dying in militant-held territory of Donbas during the ceasefire. This time the most notorious warlord, the head of ‘Sparta' militant battalion died in explosion in Donetsk elevator along with his personal guard, numerous sources say.

A Russian citizen, Pavlov was born in Ukhta, Komi Autonomous Republic of Russian Federation. He lived in Rostov-on-Don and spent some time in the Russian army, taking part in Second Chechen war. According to a newspaper report by Georgian Journal he had serious problems with Rostov's police while working there at a car wash, since he allegedly went on a drunken joyride in a stolen car. Instead of going to prison he chose to go to fight in Donbas.

On March 16, 2014, he was seen being a part of ‘local Russian-speaking population protests' in Kharkiv, Ukraine, calling for Russia's intervention. He was caught on camera in video footage of the events by the city's internet news publisher. Also during militant's parades in Donetsk he was seen wearing the medal for ‘the returning the Crimea', which means he was part of Russian occupation force in the peninsula.

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Later 'Motorola' became the leader of the ‘Sparta' Battalion, a pro-Russian armed group fighting in the war in Donbass against the Ukrainian government forces and declaring the region to be "Russian land".

Pavlov with his battalion took part in the Battle of Donetsk Airport and the Battle of Ilovaysk. Ukraine placed him on its wanted list for the ‘creation of illegal paramilitary and military formations', and the European Union added him to its list of sanctioned individuals.

In April 2015, Kyiv Post released a recording in which Pavlov discussed killing fifteen Ukrainian prisoners of war. He has been linked to other war crimes, namely the execution of captured hostages, like Ukrainian soldier Ihor Branovytsky, which had been captured near Donetsk and killed by Pavlov on January 21, 2015 with two headshots.

According to current information, Arseny Pavlov was killed on October 16, 2016 in an explosion of a building elevator So-called ‘Prime Minister' of Russian puppet state ‘Donetsk People's Republic' Alexander Zakharchenko declared the killing ‘a violation of the ceasefire' in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and ‘a declaration of war' by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko himself. Ukrainian sources in Security Service and Interior Ministry approved the information, but connected with internal purges inside occupational administration of Donbas. 

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