Mikhail Tolstykh

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Tolstykh in June 2015

Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh (Russian: Михаи́л Серге́евич Толсты́х; July 19, 1980 – February 8, 2017), better known by his callsign Givi (Ги́ви), was a Ukrainian commander in the pro-Russian Somalia Battalion in the War in Donbass.[1] He served as Lieutenant colonel.[2]

On February 16, 2015, Tolstykh was included by the European Council in their sanctions list.[3]

Tolstykh was killed on February 8, 2017 in Donetsk, Ukraine by a rocket launcher explosion, aged 36.[4]

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  1. "In Ukraine, Civilians in Crossfire". New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. Lt. Col. Givi prepares "surprise" for Ukrainian troops. Novorossia TV. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  3. "Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/241 of 9 February 2015 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine". EUR-Lex. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  4. CBC. "Separatist commander Mikhail Tolstykh, 'Givi', killed in eastern Ukraine". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-08.