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 4,000 militants and Russian servicemen were involved in the offensive near Debaltseve - Shkiriak

The Russian-terrorist forces were armed with more than 30 tanks, 80 armored vehicles of different types, and various types of artillery.

Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Zorian Shkiriak said on air of Channel 5, Censor.NET reports citing ZN.

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"About 4,000 militants and the Russian army regular servicemen, more than 30 tanks, 80 armored vehicles of different types, more than 50 units of multiple rocket launchers, cannon artillery and self-propelled guns took part in the offensive," Shkiriak said.

According to him, the militants committed artillery strikes on residential neighborhoods, killing dozens of civilians.

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"However, we may currently responsibly state that the Russian-terrorist horde's attack at the Debaltseve salient bogged down. The Ukrainian troops for the first time in history have conducted successful defensive operation on a wide front and were able not only to completely defeat the enemy but also to preserve the integrity of the defense, having fulfilled battlefield missions," Shkiriak said.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n322831