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Thousands attend funeral of pro-Russia warlord 'Motorola' in Ukraine

Published 19/10/2016

Arsen Pavlov, also known as Motorola, was killed in Donetsk (AP)
Arsen Pavlov, also known as Motorola, was killed in Donetsk (AP)

Thousands of people have turned out for the funeral of a senior commander of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, who was killed in a bomb blast.

Arsen Pavlov, 33, known under his nom de guerre Motorola, was killed on Sunday when an unidentified device exploded in a lift at his apartment building in Donetsk.

Rebel officials blamed the explosion on Ukrainian saboteurs.

Thousands lined up in Donetsk to pay tribute at the local opera house, where his body was displayed.

Russian-born Pavlov became one of the most recognisable faces of the separatist movement.

His unit took part in some of the fiercest battles in the conflict, in which more than 9,600 people have died since April 2014.

Ukrainian officials have accused Pavlov of war crimes and he once admitted personally killing 15 prisoners of war.

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