"A total of 23 districts in Donetsk region have been cleared of militias," National Security and Defence Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy said at a news briefing in Kyiv on Friday.
According to him, 13 districts remain under control of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, but they are now completely isolated from supplies of materiel. "Terrorists are sustaining heavy losses and the number of those who surrender to government forces is growing," Parubiy said. Commenting on Russian media reports alleging preparations for a military intervention in Ukraine in the near days, Parubiy said, "They have difficulty supplying terrorists with materiel and money, so their purpose is clear: intimidation. It's hard to say when or if it will happen, but I don't rule it out altogether. They claim they have grounds to send "peacekeepers" to Ukraine and "protect" Russian citizens and Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens in the east of the country, but a peacekeeping mission is only possible under the UN aegis."