Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Farewell to the Colonel of the Armed Forces of the DPR Mikhail Tolstikh

10 February 2017

Today, on February 10, in the Donetsk People's Republic the people said farewell to the Colonel of the DPR Armed Forces Mikhail Tolstikh. 

For more than two weeks, the AFU has shelled the cities of the Republic, including the central areas of the capital. As the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko said: "the situation on the frontline is very heavy. Recent attacks had to change the situation there." Therefore, with high probability we can say that the murder of Givi is a part of the current Kiev authorities plan to destabilize the situation and to provoke the armed forces of the Republic for the failure of Minsk agreements.

Mikhail Tolstikh came out to defend the homeland from the very beginning of the hostilities in Donbass, he can rightly be called a patriot and a hero of our region. His tragic death was an irreplaceable loss for all of us. And those responsible for the death of Michael should be held accountable.

Now it is especially difficult not to react to Kiev cynical provocation, but our main goal is to force it by political means to fulfill all its obligations. Thanks to Minsk agreements thousands of lives of our citizens were saved, and this is still the only non-alternative way to a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass. All ceasefire violations and the death of Mikhail Tolstih certainly will be discussed at the next meeting in Minsk, said MFA Head and a representative of the group on political issues of resolving the situation in Donbass Natalia Nikonorova.