Censor.NET editor-in-chief Yurii Butusov writes on his Facebook page:
At a briefing Heletei said the following: "If starting from August 1st we felt the presence of Russia, then from August 20 fighting started near Luhansk, at the airport, Heorhiivka. Few have heard about them, because the soldiers who were fighting there did not use Facebook. Peoples seven months have been at the airport. A person spent 47 days in an encirclement at Kramatorsk - have you heard any panic? There was no panic, everything was done correctly, because they were professional military men. And it is at this stage when Russia realized that this war is lost - no more donors, those who had a desire to come to fight for Russia, no more Kadyrov men, Cossacks - they had experience in Afghanistan, Abkhazia, they were heroes only at first and then realized that this is not their war. Because dead bodies were also sent to Russia. And when some political experts and those who know everything, like Butusov, who tell people what they are writing truth about the war, not knowing that thereby they deceive society."
Yurii Butusov commented on this statement: "Hmmm... It appears that I "deceive society" by my articles. Funny, only the Minister talks about the deception, but in the ATO area no criticism from any participant of the Ilovaisk battle has never sounded - on the contrary, officers and soldiers have thanked me. Yet strangely, when I met with Valerii Viktorovych Heletei personally, for some reason, he told me something completely different. By the way, the Minister, said he would call me to discuss some specific questions of the reform of the army that we discussed at the meeting. But he decided to continue talking at a press conference.
"I have never focused attention on some strategies of the struggle in the Donetsk and Luhansk. Either way, no one will make some hasty actions because of the holiday (the Independence Day - Ed.). Everything is done according to the plan, approved by the President, to the plan, which is being carried out."
Valerii Heletei, August 21, 2014