Ukrainian National Guard cleansing Severodonetsk, Lysychansk of militants
The Ukrainian National Guard and the Ukrainian army are cleansing the cities in eastern Ukraine from militants, the National Guard press service reported on Wednesday.
"As of 0900, the National Guard and the Ukrainian Armed Forces continued cleansing the city of Severodonetsk, Luhansk region. Fighting is now taking place near Lysychansk (near the bridge over the Northern Donets) and the military plan to free Lysychansk, Luhansk region, from terrorist groups in the near future," the report says.
In Severodonetsk, the National Guard seized the insurgents' arsenal, including combat reconnaissance patrol vehicles (manufactured in the USSR), a D-30 howitzer, over fifty kilos of plastic explosives, 15 landmines, over 3,000 pieces of ammunition, 17 rounds of an anti-tank grenade launcher, communications devices, and militants' radio stations, the report says.
"The cities freed from the terrorists are now being cleansed," the report says.
Valeriy Bolotov, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, said Severodonetsk and Lysychansk "have not fully surrendered to the enemy." "There are centers of resistance, which will turn into full-scale military action in the near future," Bolotov said.