"Fierce fighting continues in the Donetsk airport. The runway is fully disabled. The Ukrainian units firmly hold the line, causing heavy losses to the militants in manpower and equipment. The operation continues," he said.
"Objectively, the Ukrainian military are repelling the attacks of the militants, terrorists, Russian mercenaries and regular units of the Russian Federation. Therefore, to talk about what is happening there now can only be described by these words - there is a battle under way there," he said.
Asked about eight prisoners taken at the Donetsk airport, Lysenko said:
"Information about the prisoners or wounded and dead is now being specified, but we cannot currently comment on that."
"There are fights under way there right now, so getting information from out there which is true ... that is, if I am to say [something], in a minute it can be quite different. Let's wait for when this operation to end. We will stop them, so there is some break to sum up," he said.