Below is a guest contribution from “Drago0923” about commander “Motorola” who was killed in October 2016 by a bomb in his apartment.
Arseny ‘Motorola’ Pavlovich remembered
It is now approaching three months since Arseny Pavlov, also known as Motorola, was killed by Ukrainian Terrorists in Donetsk, in the elevator of his apartment building. This blatant disregard of the Minsk II Agreement, as well as all laws of morality and Humanity further prove that the Ukrainian Junta will stop at nothing to further hurt, kill, and maim those living in the Novorossiya Confederation, despite all attempts to stop violence on both sides, particularly the Novorossiyan effort against Ukrainian incursions, and attacks on the Confederation’s citizens. In short, the Ukrainian Junta wants to bring the war into the homes and hearts of every single citizen within the Novorossiya Confederation — but they will not break the iron will of the people.
Arseny ‘Motorola’ Pavlov was born on February 2nd, 1983. He served honourably with a Russian Naval Infantry unit during the Chechen Wars, and that is where his experience in warfare, which proved extremely useful to the DPR, was born and forged. On the frontlines against the Ukrainian Fascists, Arseny and his friend Givi became the closest of comrades against a common foe, which further proved the strength, integrity, and courage of both men. Arseny commanded a unit called the Sparta Battalion, a battalion of heroes, numbering about 1,000 strong.
This Sparta Battalion, alongside Givi’s Somali Brigade, and the heroic Vostok Brigade, fought tooth and nail in the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport. In this battle, the true courage, and heart of iron will was shown by every man fighting against Ukrainian Forces. After many, many unsuccessful attacks against the forces of the DPR, the Ukrainians eventually conceded and retreated to Pisky. Motorola and Givi, both pseudonyms or callsigns, comrades in arms, are now separated by the veil that every soldier fighting for a Free, anti-Nazi Ukraine walks everyday. A thin line that, after many close calls, trials and triumphs, Arseny Pavlov had eventually slipped to the other side, leaving a legacy of heroes, courage, and a long story of a soldier fighting for what he believed in. It is important to remember every soldier, man or woman, on the frontline, alive or dead. This coming winter, spare a thought for the heroes of the Novorossiyan Confederation as they battle the Ukrainian Fascists in freezing temperatures.