Donbas warlord Motorola killed in Donetsk

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War in the Donbas

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Arsen Pavlov, one of the commanders of the Russian-backed separatists in “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DNR”), known under the nom de guerre Motorola, has been killed in Donbas. Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the “DNR” Parliament confirmed this news to the separatists’ news resource

According to Interfax, who received a confirmation of this news in the “DNR” Ministry of Defence, he was killed by an explosion in the elevator of his house, which was detonated remotely. The Ministry suspects a Ukrainian diversion group in the assassination, Interfax reported.

23:42 According to Aleksandr Kots, correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Donetsk, Pavlov’s bodyguard was also killed in the elevator.

0:16 In a video, “DNR” Head Aleksandr Zakharchenko says Motorola’s death is a ceasefire breach by Ukraine, saying that “Poroshenko declared war on us, now just wait,” and promising retaliation to Ukrainian soldiers, SBU operatives and their families.

  • Arsen Pavlov was the commander of the Sparta brigade, which took part in the battles for Ilovaisk and the Donetsk airport.
  • Motorola and his battalion are accused of executing and torturing captured Ukrainian soldiers. He has confirmed executing 15 POWs to journalists of the Kyiv Post (see video).
  • Motorola was rumored to have been killed a number of times: January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, August 2016.  However, this is the first time that his death is confirmed by the separatists’ official figures.
  •  In June 2016, Zakharchenko told that an assassination attempt that took place near the traumatological center in Donetsk was an assassination attempt on Motorola.
  • Pavlov, from the Russian city of Ukhta, took part in the second Chechen war. He is included in the EU’s sanction list, however, Ukraine had hoped to have him be tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
  • On January 2015, Aleksandr Bednov, commander of the Batman militia group, was killed in the self-proclaimed neighboring “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LNR”). On 23 May of that year, Aleksei Mozgovoi, commander of the Prizrak battalion, was assassinated. Their deaths were linked to a refusal to obey the “authorities” of the “LNR.”
  • In September 2016, “LNR” Head Leonid Plotnitsky told of an alleged military coup, which was followed by the purge of chieftains of this Russian-backed breakaway statelet. The founder of the Oplot milia group Leonid Zhilin, who reportedly had tense relations with the “LNR” and “DNR” leadership, was one of those killed.



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  1. Avatar Evelyn Myketa Livingston says:

    The world is rid of 1 evil creature … thank you god !!

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      Two, actually…….. don’t forget the bodyguard.

  2. Avatar Pawel Michal Bartolik says:

    Good riddance!

  3. Avatar Mykola Banderachuk says:

    Fantastic news, I am having a good news day

  4. Avatar Hurd Harley says:

    I hope that you do not rest in peace, Motorola, but suffer in eternal hellfire! I have prayed so many times that this cowardly POS would die a violent death at the hands of Ukrainian partizans.

  5. Avatar jorge says:

    Well, a drunk russian army man blew the elevator of Motorola´s house. Hurra to russian drunk army men ! Good job ! Hell was awaiting him a long time ago. Fuck him !

  6. Avatar Robert says:

    One more down. How many more to go? Seems like this is one way to get off the EU Sanctions List. Also saves some time and expense of the ICC in the Hague. Just because they ‘suspect’ it was done by a ‘Ukrainian diversionary group’ doesn’t mean it’s true. How do we know it wasn’t an inside job accomplished by the Russians? We can likely rule out his body guard as a possible suspect – or was he really that stupid? …

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      For all we know his “bodyguard” may have been a Chechen suicide bomber.

  7. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

    If true, this is indeed karma in action.

  8. Avatar W8post says:

    “The Ministry suspects a Ukrainian diversion group…” did they check their OWN ranks also?? anyhow, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK [s]

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      It’s not unlikely that the FSB or GRU are responsible. Zakharchenko will never admit this, of course.

  9. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Awesomely gladdening tidings.

  10. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    Who’s next? Pushilin? A new and this time successful attempt on Plotnitsky? Or Zakharchenko himself? Perhaps even Aksyonov as a start of cleansing the Crimea of Pedo Putolini’s scum??
    Regardless of who’s responsible for this piece of excellent work, he/she fully deserves our eternal gratitude and a bottle of single malt. This calls for a celebration- splice the mainbrace, everybody!

  11. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    You may well be next, Aleksandr………. you won’t be able to sleep soundly any longer. Nor will your remaining chums Pushilin, Plotnitsky (what’s left of him, that is) or even Aksyonov. How does it feel knowing that your inner circle is slowly but surely getting smaller?

  12. Avatar Quartermaster says:

    You are illegal Zakharchenko and the people around you are targeting each other. It is always thus with organizations such as yours. Enjoy the attention while you can. Your killer is among your circle and they’ll kill you before you kill them.
    Enjoy the rest of your life. There isn’t much left slime ball.

    1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

      Too funny. Russia is full of Nazis and has a fascist regime to boot. Zakarchenko is a slime ball, and his buddy was a slime ball whose destiny finally came calling. Zakarchenko’s is waiting and he’d better watch his back because his buddies are the ones he needs to worry about. Too bad he can’t ask his buddy as he would confirm this.

  13. Avatar Quartermaster says:

    Zakharchenko needs to look inside. The main job Russia has with these slime balls is keeping them from fighting each other. There will be more dying, although the death they deserve is at the end of a rope. Same with you Idi Amin.

    1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

      Zakarchenko’s destiny awaits him as well. Hopefully it will an appointment with rope, but I’ll take the way “Motorola” went. The dead make no trouble and don’t care about lies as Motorola is getting his reward for the murder and mayhem he committed while on earth.

  14. Avatar nitupllik says:

    So Motorola is dead. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Next…

  15. Avatar Dalton says:

    Bravo Ukraine!