Due to the fact that President Petro Poroshenko ordered not to open fire from heavy artillery and aircrafts at settlements, the ground forces liberate cities street by street solely using small arms.
The spokesman for the information and analytical center of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (NSDC), Andriy Lysenko, said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.
“That’s because it’s impossible to use heavy vehicles there, this operation has a protracted nature,” Lysenko said.
At the same time, he said, the terrorists have already weakened and Lysychansk will soon be liberated by Ukrainian troops. “We have opened the way towards Horlivka, and then directly towards Donetsk,” Lysenko said.