The self-proclaimed head of the Donetsk national Republic (DND) Alexander Zakharchenko said that the killing of field commander Arsen Pavlov, known by the call sign Motorola, involved the head of the security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in the Donetsk region Vitaly Malikov. It is reported Donetsk news Agency.
“I’m ready to name names involved in the murder of Motorola. According to our data, in the murder of Arsen participated Vitaly Malikov,” he told reporters on Thursday Zakharchenko, explaining that the chief of SBU in the Donetsk region of Merikov supervises the activities of sabotage and reconnaissance groups in Donbas.
According to Zakharchenko, the names of the perpetrators of the murder of Arsen Pavlov specified.
RBC failed to find any data about Vitaly Marikova, however, on the website of the President of Ukraine, the Agency has discovered the decree N439 on appointment of Vitaliy Malikov, Deputy head of the SBU. In the decree N496 refers to the assignment Malikov, who heads the anti-terrorist center of the SBU, the rank of Lieutenant General.
Arsen Pavlov was killed on the evening of 16 November in Donetsk in the entrance of the house where he lived. The attackers had laid a powerful explosive device in the Elevator and brought him to action, when Pavlov was up to his floor. Investigative team of the interior Ministry and the Ministry of state security of DND declared the explosion a terrorist attack.
Zakharchenko called the killing Motorola “challenge to the Republic” and war declared by Kiev in the Donbass. He immediately blamed the attack on the SBU. In DND the death of Pavlova is also tied to the attempt of Kiev to distract attention from its failure to perform the Minsk agreements.
The next day after the murder Zakharchenko said that the DPR authorities know the name of the customer of the crime. He said that the investigative measures, which will also help clarify the perpetrators of the murder. He assured that no mercy was involved in the crime will not be.
Motorola is widely known, participating in 2014 in the head of the battalion “Sparta” in the midst of the conflict in the Donbass in the fighting under Slavyansk, Ilovaisk, Donetsk airport and debaltseve.
In Ukraine Motorola was wanted. The SBU opened against him under article 438 of the criminal code of Ukraine (“Violation of the laws or customs of war”) and was accused of torture and public executions. In January last year Arsen Pavlov was included in the sanctions list of the EU.