"We are now learning initial numbers of people and military equipment engaged by the enemy. In the morning there was information about 300, then 1,000, after clarification it's 500. That is a battalion task force, reinforced by artillery, multiple rocket launchers, and tanks. The numbers for losses among the militants are: more than 50 dead, destroyed equipment - two tanks. We'll find out about artillery systems late," he said.
At the same time you cannot say that the Minsk agreement was violated. Fedichev noted that this is what the Russian side had hoped for: "[They hoped] that in the preparation of deflecting these assault actions we will conduct a preemptive strike in violation of the Minsk agreements. That we would start hostilities, and in that case they would have shown losses among the civilian population in Donetsk ... And [would say] that the Minsk agreement was disrupted by the Ukrainian side. "
He noted that after receiving information about preparations for a provocation the Ukrainian military addressed the international community to receive authorization to use heavy weapons.
"The artillery was moved out to the required distance and was used in deflecting the provocation," Fedichev said.