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Ukraine: Drone captures hundreds of mourners honouring DPR fighter Mikhail ‘Givi’ Tolstykh02:32

Ukraine: Drone captures hundreds of mourners honouring DPR fighter Mikhail ‘Givi’ Tolstykh

Ukraine, Donetsk
February 10, 2017 at 13:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

A drone captured the huge funeral of prominent Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) commander, Mikhail 'Givi' Tolstykh, which was held in the Donetsk on Friday.

Hundreds of people queued up outside Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre to say their final goodbye and lay flowers at Givi's coffin. Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko and Deputy Defence Minister Eduard Basurin were among the hundreds of mourners who came to pay their respects. Givi's coffin was then removed and placed on a gun carriage with an honour guard for burial. Donetsk People's Republic soldiers carried Givi's military medals beside the coffin, while mourners wept and chanted 'thank you'.

Mikhail 'Givi' Tolstykh died on Wednesday morning at the age of 36, after the office of his 'Somali' battalion was targeted by a rocket in Makeyevka. Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko has labelled Givi's killing an "act of terror".

He is the second prominent fighter to be killed in recent months after Arseny Pavlov, aka Motorola, was killed in an IED blast in October 16 last year. Givi will be buried at the 'Donetsk Sea' cemetery later in the day next to Motorola. Both men became well-known cult figures after appearing in numerous YouTube videos following their daily lives fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine: Drone captures hundreds of mourners honouring DPR fighter Mikhail ‘Givi’ Tolstykh02:32
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A drone captured the huge funeral of prominent Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) commander, Mikhail 'Givi' Tolstykh, which was held in the Donetsk on Friday.

Hundreds of people queued up outside Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre to say their final goodbye and lay flowers at Givi's coffin. Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko and Deputy Defence Minister Eduard Basurin were among the hundreds of mourners who came to pay their respects. Givi's coffin was then removed and placed on a gun carriage with an honour guard for burial. Donetsk People's Republic soldiers carried Givi's military medals beside the coffin, while mourners wept and chanted 'thank you'.

Mikhail 'Givi' Tolstykh died on Wednesday morning at the age of 36, after the office of his 'Somali' battalion was targeted by a rocket in Makeyevka. Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko has labelled Givi's killing an "act of terror".

He is the second prominent fighter to be killed in recent months after Arseny Pavlov, aka Motorola, was killed in an IED blast in October 16 last year. Givi will be buried at the 'Donetsk Sea' cemetery later in the day next to Motorola. Both men became well-known cult figures after appearing in numerous YouTube videos following their daily lives fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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