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Givi's assasination: leading world outlets report
15:39, 8 February 2017
Givi's assasination: leading world outlets report

Compare the rhetoric of Bloomberg, BBC, TASS and The Moscow Times

15:39, 8 February 2017

Tass.ru

Today the assassination of a Donbas militant commander Givi is a hot topic in Ukraine.

Though the world leading media also stick to the topic.

  1. Bloomberg was first to react the assassination. Citing the AP Moscow, they state that while the unruly commanders were dying in car bombings, “the leadership of the rebel-controlled parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions came to be dominated by bureaucrats with ties to ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, a Donbass native, rather than the commanders who led the uprising. Unlike the assassinated warlords, the Donetsk bureaucrats are seen as less extreme and more inclined to bargain with Kiev.”
  2. BBC calls the militant leaders’ assassinations to be”mysterious deaths”. Ever since the conflict in the east began, there have been numerous incidents involving separatist leaders and rarely have the attackers been caught. The news service states that the Ukrainians in Kyiv “have put the most recent killings down to infighting among rebels”.
  3. The Russian TASS writes that the assassination of the commander of the Somalia battalion “was organized by the Ukrainian intelligence services”. "Judging from circumstantial evidence, it is safe to say that this tragedy was organized by the Ukrainian intelligence services. We do not rule out that (Zoran) Shkiryak, adviser to interior minister, could be involved in this terrorist attack," they cite the Donetsk News Agency. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that that was an attempt to destabilize the situation in the region. "Certainly, we hope that there is a margin of safety and those who are behind these crimes won’t manage to bring about further escalation as unfortunately the situation remains very tense due to the aggressive steps of the Ukrainian side," Peskov said.
  4. The Moscow Times briefly reported the assassination, abstaining from analytics. The call Tovstykh “one of the renowned and reviled field commanders” and “a prominent pro-Russian guerilla commander in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

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