Donetsk, Feb 8 – DAN. Commander of Somali unit of DPR armed forces Colonel Mikhail Tolstykh (call sign Givi) was killed in Donetsk in an explosion of a round of man-portable rocket launcher-flamethrower Shmel, according to preliminary information of DPR Operations Command.

"According to preliminary reports, Givi was killed in explosion of a RPO-A Shmel round."

DPR authorities issued a Blue Alert (criminal on the run).

"The murder is advantageous to Ukrainian special services," Command said.

Mikhail Tolstykh was born in Ilovaisk in 1980. Was enlisted in the Ukrainian armed forces. He joined DPR militia from the very beginning of Donbass war, took part in the battles for Slavyansk, Ilovaisk, Donetsk airport. Tolstykh was attributed DPR Hero title, two The Cross of Saint George decorations, "For Slavyansk Defense" medal, Colonel rank.  He survived several assassination attempts, was injured in battles several times. Tolstykh was killed in Donetsk on February, 8.*ot