This was stated by press secretary of the ATO forcesVladyslav Seleznyov, Censor.NET reports.
He noted that "themain purpose of the ATO actions is to destroy the militant gangsthat terrorize the local population, threaten the safety ofcivilians in the region. As a result of intense fighting, whichlasted throughout the day in a certain area with an activeco-operation with aviation, the ATO fighters destroyed themilitants' roadblocks and ambushes and captured high ground in thearea of operations."
"The militants areresisting fiercely, acting despicably, striking from ambushes atthe ATO forces. There are snipers working against Ukrainian units.In response, the ATO forces carried out adequate actions aimed atthe destruction of enemy forces, primarily snipers andgunners-spotters of MANPADS," said Seleznyov.
"According topreliminary data, the ATO forces killed about 200 militants, andwounded many more.
During the intensefighting four Ukrainian servicemen died heroically and 20 receivedinjuries of varying severity. All the injured were evacuated tomedical facilities where they given the necessary medical help,"the spokesman concluded.