"80% of the units have already been safely withdrawn," President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated at the airport Wednesday noon before his departure to the ATO area, Censor.NET informs citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"I can say now that the Ukrainian armed forces and the National Guard completed an operation on the planned and organized withdrawal of some units from Debaltseve this morning," the president said.
"Some 80% of the units have already been withdrawn. We expect two more columns" to be pulled out, he said.
Poroshenko added that the detachments of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are leaving Debaltseve (the Donetsk region) with military equipment and weapons.
"We stated and proved that Debaltseve was under our control - there was no entrapment. Our units and detachments performed planned and organized withdrawal. They have completely left the area with equipment, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled artillery systems, tractors, and other vehicles," he said.
"Despite heavy shelling from artillery and multiple rocket launchers we currently have information that only 30 our servicemen were wounded totally out of more than 2,000 military," he said.
Poroshenko noted that this information could still be verified.
According to the President, Ukrainian military have honorably fulfilled their tasks in the battle for Debaltseve and scored a point against the Russian army.