to the press service of the head of state
According to information hostages the militants were going to use as human shields.
Defense Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Geletey and Commander of the National Guard Stephen Poltorak reported President of Ukraine on dismissal Mykolayivka, which is close to the Slovyansk.
The operation, which involved soldiers of the Armed Forces, National Guard battalion “Kyiv-1” and spetspryznachentsi, held under the leadership of Chief of Staff Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko.
During surgery prisoner captured more than 50 militants, some of whom are Russian citizens, led by the leader, nicknamed “Scorpion”.
“In militants began panic. Released hostages will offer the opportunity to recovery “- said the press service of the head of state.
Poroshenko noted the high level of combat operations. “Our goal - peace, but we have to fight to achieve that goal,” - he said.
President stressed that, according to its peace plan, which was supported by the leaders of other countries, for the duration of the cease- Fire fighters were able to choose peace - surrender their weapons, release the hostages, return to civilian life or leave the country.
“They chose war, so we will respond to it,” - said Poroshenko.