One year ago today, February 8th, there was an explosion in the Makeevka (by Donetsk) office of commander of Donetsk People’s Republic Somali battalion, Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh, better known as – Givi.
The details – i.e. who detonated the explosion, and even what kind of explosion are contested to this day. But, the effect was that 36-year-old Givi, a native of Donbass, Ilovaisk, who had served with distinction since the beginning of the Donbass uprising, Slavyansk, noted for his service in the Battle of Ilovaisk, summer of 2014, and the retaking of Donetsk airport, late 2014, early 2015, was killed immediately, on the spot.
One year on from that day, Givi is remembered, and here’s how I remember him: (full English subs)