August 5, 2014
They said in the National Security and Defense Council that the operations on liberation of Donetsk and Luhansk will be announced only when they are completed.
This was informed by NSDC Information Centre spokesman Andriy Lysenko during a press briefing in Kyiv.
He mentioned that the sweeping of these cities requires extensive preparatory work including of territorial defense battalions.
‘For you to understand: Donetsk and Luhansk are not fortresses with high walls. These are industrial cities with private sector in their suburbs where people live. These areas are also considered to be Donetsk, the ATO forces and and territorial defense battalions have approached them. But this doesn’t mean the beginning of any assault. The preparation for liberation of the city is in process’, – Lysenko underlined.
‘That is why we won’t announce the beginning of the assault, we will speak only about the moment of liberation of the cities’, – he mentioned.
As it was reported previously, on Monday August 4 members of ‘Azov’ and ‘Shahtarsk’ battalion had declared an assault at Donetsk. Later it became known that the part of fighters got ambushed and the ATO forces suffered losses.