It was one year ago today that Commander Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh, better known by his call-sign Givi, was brutally murdered by the Ukrainian regime while he sat in his humble Donetsk office. During his time commanding the Somali Battalion of the Donetsk People’s Republic armed forces, he gained notoriety for his fearless attitude, his personal charm and a sense of humour that was known to those around him, while being feared on the battlefield.
Since his death, the war on Donbass has become a largely frozen conflict, with contact lines remaining largely stable in spite of renewed aggression from Kiev regime forces.
Below is a video which shows Givi at war and at peace, during a time of struggle for his people. It was put together by independent journalist Graham Phillips who was able to document Givi’s military life in more detail than just about any other journalist.
Givi would have been 37 years old today.