"Commander of the Somali battalion Mikhail Tolstykh, better known as Givi, was eliminated in special operation of the Ukrainian secret services exactly one year ago. Tolstykh met his nemesis in his office right at the heavily guarded Somali’s base. Initially a whisper went round that a rocket launcher was used to kill him, but no tube was found at the scene. So it could probably be a bomb. It could be planted by someone who managed to get access to Givi’s office, someone who was skilled enough to plant it and get out before the explosion and trigger the bomb at the right time," Censor.NET Chief Editor Yuri Butusov wrote on social media.
"Someday this case will become a plot of a book or a script of a film similar to Spielberg’s Munich, but much more dramatic and sophisticated. And it will be known as one of the most brilliant operations carried out by the Ukrainian patriots, a chapter of history that we will all be proud of.
"But now the only thing that can be voiced is that Givi once topped the list of monsters subject to elimination. The operation was being developed and prepared for two years. Givi was the last active leader of mercenaries in the occupied territories who was widely hyped up by the Russian state-run media. It was extremely hard to get to him as he placed himself under tight security.
"No major acts of retaliation have been taken in the occupied territories ever since," Butusov said.