President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with heads of security forces and discussed the tactics of further actions in the ATO.
"Today, we must consider a new content of military operation under new conditions," the Head of State emphasized.
Petro Poroshenko noted that the information on the entry of 1200 trained militants and armored vehicles to the territory of Ukraine "from the eastern neighbor" had been confirmed. Part of these vehicles has been destroyed. Now, measures are being taken to destroy the rest of them.
"Today, we must regroup our forces. It will ensure the protection of our territory and the continuation of offensive actions of our army," the President said.
The Head of State informed that the offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard successfully continued, though the price of it was extremely high. "Each day we lose Ukrainian heroes," he said. Yesterday, as a result of direct hit by a grenade, an armored personnel carrier with paratroopers was destroyed. Husband of well-known volunteer Tetyana Rychkova is among the deceased. The Head of State instructed the Minister of Defense to prepare a submission for granting decorations to heroes who protect the Donbas at the cost of their lives.
The President emphasizes that currently there is a task to cut off the system of providing terrorists with mercenaries, new arms and ammunition, because its provision continues through the uncontrolled areas of the border. According to the President, the tactics now is "to cut the territories controlled by terrorists into zones, narrow the encirclement and deprive them of the opportunity to receive weapons and ammunition".
The Head of State stressed that dozens of cities and villages had been liberated from terrorists. "The main thing is that millions of people are free and return to normal life," he said.
Petro Poroshenko noted that the main cities controlled by militants had been already besieged. Unfortunately, they are about to face environmental disaster. The level of water in the mines of the Donbas became dangerous. Terrorists destroy transformer substations by artillery fire undermining the energy supply of complete production cycle enterprises. "Industrial potential of the Donbas is virtually being destroyed," the President said informing that currently, Ukrainian repairmen often restore the power system under the gun.
"Terrorists are temporary residents of these places, so they have no ties with them. The worse is the better for them. They destroy infrastructure, substations, bridges, enterprises. It is the guilt of militants and their foreign patrons," the President emphasized.
The Head of State offered to discuss tactics on reducing the damage and avoiding the risk for people and the elimination of industrial potential of the Donbas "to minimize work on restoration of normal life".
Assessoria de Imprensa do Presidente da Ucrânia