The commander of the Sparta battalion of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Arsen Pavlov aka “Motorola”, has reportedly been assassinated by the Ukrainian special forces.
The DPR’s Ministry of Defense confirmed his assassination by an explosive device.
“According to preliminary information, Motorola was killed as a result of a terrorist operation of a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group. Upon returning home, a remote-detonated explosive device was set off in the elevator,” the Ministry said.
The commander was known because of his involvement on the front lines of some of the most intense battles between the Ukraine forces and its far-right militia allies, and between Russian-backed separatists rebels operating in the eastern Ukrainian regions collectively known as Donbass.