"We can report today on completion of the neutralization operation: the Russian officer -a criminal and a terrorist, who personally controlled the Russian artillery and carried out the shelling as well as all 10 his associates were destroyed," Nalyvaichenko said.
According to him, the terrorists were eliminated because they were in the area which is not government-controlled therefore it was impossible to detain them.
He reminded that the completion of the third stage of the special operation to destroy and neutralize the terrorist group of the Russian servicemen, who have committed attacks on Mariupol Jan. 24, was meant.
According to him, the Security Service has information that the Russian troops organized the evacuation of the militants' bodies to Russia in order to conceal the traces of the crime. "We are talking about this today so that this will not happen to the Russian soldiers again - do not take part in the attacks against the civilian population of our state," the head of the SBU said.