Ukrainian servicemen have suffered casualties in fighting on the Sloviansk outskirts, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told reporters on May 5.The interior minister said the mission was complicated by possible collateral damage of the civilian population.There are dead and wounded among the separatists, and the Ukrainian military, said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
"Anti-terrorist force servicemen found an ambush, a combat unit of terrorists. They [the terrorists] use heavy vehicles, large-caliber guns, mortars and other weapons," Avakov said as he entered Sloviansk. He added that people had been injured on both sides and up to eight Ukrainian servicemen were hurt.In the words of Avakov, the hostilities started at about 1045. Approximately 800 people are fighting Ukrainian servicemen in Sloviansk, he said.