As reported by Censor.NET citing Novaya Gazeta, this was announced by "DPR" fighter Igor "Frantsuz" Myltsev, who claims to be a battalion member.
Myltsev said the attack on Tolstykh was organized by him and three other Somalia fighters.
"Anyone would have avenged on him," he said, calling "DPR's" allegations toward the Ukrainian secret services "ridiculous." Givi's murder came as a revenge by his own men after he ducked the Avdiivka battle in late January 2017 by shooting himself in the leg, according to the militant.
"He thought no one would notice, but we noticed. Then he was taken to hospital. After that, already in Donetsk, he ordered to spray [our] positions with artillery, despite our staying there. He thought we were no longer alive!" Myltsev said.
He recalled that after the assassination of Arseny "Motorola" Pavlov, the Somalia commander seriously feared for his life and, for safety reasons, had taken his family to Transnistria, and planned to go there himself.
Terrorist Mikhail "Givi" Tolstykh was killed by explosion in his office in occupied Donetsk on Feb. 8. "DPR's operations command deputy commander" Eduard Basurin said: "We do not rule out the involvement of Ukraine's Interior Minister Adviser Shkiriak in this terrorist act."