Col. Andriy Lysenko, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Spokesman, gave a briefing today at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in Kiev and stated that Ukrainian armed forces over the weekend have pushed the rebels back from a key border region in the Donetsk Oblast which neighbors Russia and has been the concentration of much of their resupply routes from the Russian Federation.
“This was a major victory and was very difficult for our men,” he said. “They stood their ground in the face of heavy Russian artillery and pushed the terrorists back. All of the mothers and wives in this room of these servicemen should be proud of their sons. Ukraine is proud to have such men. They are heros of Ukraine.”
Many wives and family members had traveled to Kiev to ask the government when their men would be rotated out of the heavy fighting and were present for the briefing.
“There is nothing to stop Ukrainian soldiers now from liberating our territory, except the Russian Federation if they so desire,” the Colonel added.
Col. Lysenko also stated that the Ukrainian armed forces had gotten close to securing the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 but had not yet been able to secure the area and guarantee safety to the Dutch policemen, international forensic experts, and other officials.
“We expect this area to be secure soon. We will look to end this anti-terrorist operation within our 45 day timeframe. Several attempts to get international observers into the crash site have failed due to fighting in the area.”
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