"According to operational information, gunmen in military uniforms that previously occupied the premises of Sloviansk city hospital, with the start of operations of the ATO forces left the territory of the medical institution. It is known that the militants were planning a long stay there, and among all other things have even equipped a bomb shelter. But proactive Ukrainian soldiers frightened the mercenaries and they hastily ran out of town, trying to break through the encirclement ," wrote Seleznev .
He also urged Sloviansk residents to stay home.
"The authorities of the ATO once again remind the civilians staying as to refraining from the rebel positions ... The ATO forces do not fire at civilians, our targets are the terrorists," said Seleznev .