Press officer of the Antiterrorist Operation (ATO) Vladislav Seleznyov states on his page on Facebook.
There are kids on the second floor of the institution at the moment. Militants want to protect themselves from punishment by hiding behind children, he adds.
"Antiterrorist Operation authorities emphasize that under no circumstances they will not use weapons against civilians, they will not allow to shoot residential areas, kindergartens, hospitals, and schools. We call for citizens in the settlements, where Anti Terrorist Operation (ATO) is taking place, that it is inadmissible to stay at checkpoints near militants. This is dangerous," says Seleznyov.