This was stated by the minister on his Facebook page, Censor.NET reports
He wrote: "Zero tolerance for betrayal of the country and the people in time of war - this should be a rule.
"On Jan. 23, 2015 in Svitlodarsk of the Donetsk region the Interior Ministry together with the Security Service arrested mayor of Debaltseve Protsenko Volodymyr, who was in hiding since July 2014.
"Earlier, his wife stated that he was kidnapped by unknown persons, and at her request criminal proceedings under Art. 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine were intiated.
"However, the law enforcement agencies were aware that he personally organized a referendum on the establishment of the DPR, participated in the creation of the so-called Debaltseve militia, and organized roadblocks of the separatists.
"After his liberation of Debaltseve from DPR gangs mayor Protsenko went into hiding, imitating his abduction. A few days ago he appeared in Debaltseve and said that he was the mayor and will proceed with performing his duties. On Jan. 22 Protsenko attempted to destabilize the work of government institutions in the city, causing panic among the residents, saying that the city is surrounded.
"We did not wait long.
"I would also like to point out how hard Donetsk region chief of police Viacheslav Abroskin has been working recently. In these difficult days, I would like to commend his work, as well as many policemen in Avdiivka, Debaltseve, Dzerzhynsk. I thank him for his humanity in his work, and for helping people outside his duties. For his determination and intolerance of miscreants. We will build a new standing of the Interior Ministry on such people, and those who work in the hard conditions at the front line," Avakov summed up.