Speaker of the NSDC Andrii Lysenko stated that the 72th Mechanized and 79th Airmobile brigades of the Armed Forces were among those units that were taken out of the encirclement, Censor.NET reports citing Segodnya.
"Several units including those that were named [are out of the encirclement]," Lysenko said, answering journalists' questions about the fate of these units. Asked to comment on the information that allegedly out of 870 soldiers and officers of the 72nd Brigade only about 100 returned alive, Lysenko said that there are no cases when the whole brigade gets a leave.
"There is a planned rotation of personnel in units, the wounded are taken to military hospitals on the same day and treated. People who have been in the ATO for a prolonged period of time are rotated in the first place by those who are ready. We have enough reserve and no problems with the replacement of the people," Lysenko said.
He stressed that the Ukrainian army did not retreat. "There was a withdrawal of troops, change of positions in order to preserve the personnel,"- he said.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense said that it renewed the supply of water, food and ammunition to the 72nd Mechanized and 79th Airmobile Brigades of the Armed Forces. Soldiers of these brigades were blocked near the village of Diakove by the border with Russia and was under constant fire for about two weeks.