Ukrainian troops have left debaltseve, as the soldiers of the 40th separate infantry battalion surrendered to the militia of Donbass, said the chief of the General staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko.
Muzhenko called the fact that " the 40th battalion opened a passage to Debaltsevo ". According to his statement, 107 soldiers surrendered And in exactly three days were transferred to Kiev militias on their own initiative, without any conditions, RIA "news" referring to " Voice of Ukraine ".
"afterward as the 40th battalion discovered two enemy strong point, it became necessary to close the section of the front width of more than 2 kilometers. And did 23 soldier of the 95th brigade, holding these positions, when subversive groups of the enemy were already in the Debaltsevo ", - He said." Not a hundred, Not two hundred people, and 23 of the paratrooper. A combined unit of soldiers of the 95th brigade in total about 70 people And a detachment formed on the base of the 1st airmobile battalion of the 79th brigade… Is, really, the extreme reserves ... This is all that happened, " - said Muzhenko. He said that " to take someone And throw under Debaltsevo did Not happen, because it remained a potential risk of effective of shares in other directions ". The battle for debaltseve, which is also called the debaltsevsky boiler, happened in February 2015. According to the information, announced by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in the battle for debaltseve posible soldiers, more than 300 have received damage of health. According to the militia, Ukrainian losses in the battle castability 3–3, 5 thousand People killed.