21:16 Oct. 17, 2016
OSCE SMM is aware of info on ‘Motorola's' death but cannot confirm it by own observations
OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug says the OSCE is not able to confirm the reports about the death of one of the militant leaders, a Russian citizen Arseniy Pavlov aka ‘Motorola,' UNIAN reports.
"We are aware of these reports. Based on our own observations, we cannot confirm these reports. Our teams very carefully monitor the situation in Donetsk on both sides of the contract line. And any deterioration for whatever reason should be avoided," Hug said adding that the SMM mission is there to establish the facts while being present in Donetsk on both sides of the contact line.
As was reported earlier, one of the militant leaders, a Russian citizen Arseniy Pavlov aka ‘Motorola', ‘colonel' and chief of ‘Sparta' battalion, was reported to have been blown up in an elevator in Donetsk. The Ukrainian Security Service and Interior Ministry confirmed the reports late Sunday, but today the number of versions have risen dramatically. Ukraine Today readers can choose their variant in our poll.
In Ukraine, "Motorola" is accused of war crimes, including the shooting of unarmed prisoners. 15 such murders he confessed by himself.