The leader of pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas, Alexander Zakharchenko, stated on Thursday that the murder of Arsen “Motorola” Pavlov was organized by the Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) and the head of the SSU in the Donetsk region as reported by RIA Novosti.
"I’m ready to provide the names of those involved to the crime. Malikov (the SSU Deputy Head and head of the antiterrorist center at the SSU), Oleksandr Kuts, head of the Main Department of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Donetsk region (Poroshenko appointed Oleksandr Kuts as the head of the SSU of the Donetsk region in the Spring of 2015) and a number of other SSU employees are on the list.”
"The names of the killers are being identified," Zakharchenko told journalists. He stated that there are some advances in the investigation of the murder of Arsen Pavlov and all those involved in the crime will be found.
As reported by Interfax-Ukraine, the SSU considers it is unnecessary to comment on this information. "We do not consider it necessary to comment on this situation," the SSU said.
On the evening of the 16th of October, Russian media reported, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the SSU confirmed, that one of the DPR separatists, Arsen “Motorola” Pavlov, was found dead in an elevator in an apartment building in Donetsk, after an improvised explosive device detonated when he was coming home. Motorola was fatally injured.
Pavlov was repeatedly accused of killing Ukrainian servicemen and hostages. In a commentary for the Kyiv Post, in response to the accusation of him killing Igor “Cyborg” Branovitsky, he himself stated that he had killed 15 Ukrainian prisoners of war.