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DAN News, Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016  (go to weblink to see extensive photo gallery)

Funeral ceremony in Donetsk on Oct 19, 2016 for military defense hero Arsen Pavlov

Funeral ceremony in Donetsk on Oct 19, 2016 for military defense hero Arsen Pavlov

Over 50,000 people attended the funeral on October 19 for Hero of the Donetsk People’s Republic Colonel Arsen Pavlov, best known under his nom de guerre ‘Motorola’.

The republic’s Ministry of Internal Affairs reported, “Today, October, 19th, Donetsk pays its last tribute to Col. Arseniy Pavlov who was assassinated in a terrorist act. Over 50,000 people gathered,” the statement read.

Police say 400 law enforcement officials provided security, including 90 road policemen. “No violations of public order are reported.”

funeral-ceremony-in-donetsk-on-oct-19-2016-for-military-defense-hero-arsen-pavlov-dan-newsThe farewell ceremony started at around 10 a.m. local time (UTC+03:00) at the premises of the Donetsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The coffin was placed in the hall. DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko, acting Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova, People’s Council Chairman Denis Pushilin, ministers, officers, policemen, militia members and Donbass residents paid their last tribute to the Hero lying in state.

Thousands queued to bid farewell to Motorola, filling the central square and adjoining streets.

The funeral rites proceeded with a hearse moving along Donetsk central Artem Street from the theatre along  Komsomolskiy prospect. The people chanted “Thank you” and “Never forget, never forgive”.

Arseniy Pavlov was killed on October, 16th in the blast of an explosive device planted in the hallway of the block of flats in central Donetsk where he lived. An investigation is led by the DPR Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of State Security. A three-day period of mourning was announced on October 17th.

Background:
Commander of self-defense force in Donbass, eastern Ukraine is assassinated, from RT.com, Oct 16, 2016

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