Shkiriak noted that militants' behavior causes dissatisfaction among the local population. "The internal resistance squads continue to operate behind enemy's backs. They have already killed about 30 mercenaries in Donetsk, Luhansk, and adjacent areas for the past two weeks," he said.
However, the adviser to the head of the Interior Ministry said that the number of militants in the Donbas does not exceed 15 thousand and their reinforcements from Russia have decreased lately.
"To date, the total amount of the remaining Russian thugs acting in several districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions can vary between 13 and 15 thousand," Shkiriak said.
According to him, the insurgents of the DPR and LPR continue to receive reinforcements from the territory of the Russian Federation although in lesser amounts than previously.
Shkiriak also recalled that 75% of the territory previously controlled by the militants is secured from the terrorists for the last month as a result of the successful ATO forces offensive. "They are aware that the end is near for most of them and the possibility of their returning to Russia equals to zero - they will be just destroyed by Putin's anti-retreat detachments on the border. Therefore, these people continue to fiercely resist the ATO forces and commit atrocities against peaceful Ukrainian citizens," Shkiriak said.