The nearest plan of the antiterrorist operation is liberation of Horlivka in the Donetsk region from the pro-Russian and Russian militants. Liberation of this city will enable the surrounding of extremists in Donetsk from one more side and start the liberation operation of the regional center. This was stated by speaker of the NSDC Andrii Lysenko, Censor.NET reports citing Gazeta.ua.
"Once we neutralize Horlivka terrorist groups, a direct route to Donetsk will be open," Lysenko said.
In addition, according to the speaker, Donetsk is blocked from other sides. "The ATO forces do not allow the militants an opportunity to get out of the city and get help. Also under attack are villages Amvrosiivka and Krasna Zщria. There is also intense fighting in the direction of Luhansk, especially near the border with Russia," he said.