This was stated by press secretary of the ATO forces Vladyslav Seleznyov, Censor.NET reports.
He noted that "the main purpose of the ATO actions is to destroy the militant gangs that terrorize the local population, threaten the safety of civilians in the region. As a result of intense fighting, which lasted throughout the day in a certain area with an active co-operation with aviation, the ATO fighters destroyed the militants' roadblocks and ambushes and captured high ground in the area of operations."
"The militants are resisting fiercely, acting despicably, striking from ambushes at the ATO forces. There are snipers working against Ukrainian units. In response, the ATO forces carried out adequate actions aimed at the destruction of enemy forces, primarily snipers and gunners-spotters of MANPADS," said Seleznyov.
"According to preliminary data, the ATO forces killed about 200 militants, and wounded many more.
During the intense fighting four Ukrainian servicemen died heroically and 20 received injuries of varying severity. All the injured were evacuated to medical facilities where they given the necessary medical help," the spokesman concluded.