Censor.NET reports that in an interview with TSN Defense Minister Valerii Geletei stated:
"We constantly received information about the departure of the militants but the intel on the convoy came at the last minute. And when we received the information the relevant units at one of the checkpoints came into operation. They waited for this convoy, they were ready And they put up a fight. If you go from Sloviansk to Donetsk, you will see dozens of heavy equipment and many killed separatists. Yes, the convoy was long and it was not easy to simultaneously neutralize the whole thing, the terrain allowed them to hide in different places. But it does not mean that they were given an opportunity to escape. I believe that the core, and that is over ten units of heavy armored vehicles were neutralized," said Geletei.
The Defense Minister commented on the information that terrorists were using children as cover in their retreat. "There is a lot of information coming in. Regarding the fact that it was kids - we have no such information. We arrived at the place, looked around but no bodies of children were found. Believe me, nobody found anything, and if they had it would have been in the media already. So I think that we should trust the military," he said.
"Today, the President has a clear strategy for victory in the Donbas. Those steps that were conducted by the President starting from unilateral ceasefire. To date, the military is involved as much as possible - tank division, aviation, marines, special forces. Now the soldiers have clothes, shoes, body armor, weapons and we know what to do," said the Defense Minister.