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 Over 300 National Guards Broke out of Donetsk and Joined ATO Forces - Avakov

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The base commander reported on the readiness of personnel to immediately begin to perform tasks within the ATO.

This was stated by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on his Facebook page, Censor.NET reports.

"They broke through! There are explosions in the center of Donetsk but do not worry - these are "peaceful" explosions. National Guard military base 3037 that had been under siege for three months has answered the terrorists! In reply to the ultimatum set by the terrorists yesterday - to lay down the arms, surrender themselves and surrender to the DPR base garrison armory. They listened to the ultimatum and the head of the base acted as a true Ukrainian officer. He unblocked the base by a convoy of vehicles, taking all the weapons they could out," he wrote.

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"Over 300 guards, under the commanded of Lieutenant Colonel Borteev in combat formation and under Ukrainian flags made their way through the checkpoints of the terrorists and joined the ATO forces in sector D. When the terrorists, despite the warnings, tried to penetrate the armory of the base they triggered the secret booby traps of the warehouse with the remaining weapons and ammunition and it blew up. I gave the order to prevent the remaining stock of arms and ammunition from getting into the hands of the terrorists," Avakov wrote.

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"The morale of the unit is high! Good job! By breaking through the guys surprised the terrorists with their resourcefulness and courage and have done the impossible! They did something that the enemy did not expect. The head of the unit reported on the readiness of the personnel to immediately begin tasks within the ATO. I gave an order giving lieutenant colonel Borteev an extraordinary military rank of colonel. The country will gradually learn the names of its real officers, around whom a new quality of the armed forces will grow," he stressed.

 
 
 
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