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,"
"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, reports 112 Ukraine TV channel.
The mission will continue to be present in Donetsk on both sides of the contact line, according to Hug.
As reported early Arseniy Pavlov aka "Motorola" was killed after bomb explosion in the elevator of his own house in occupied Donetsk. Both sides confirmed the information.
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.
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