Oleksandr Turchynov: “Anti-terrorist operation has been launched in Donetsk region”

Baku: Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov has announced that Ukrainian special forces had launched an anti-terrorist operation in the northern part of Donetsk oblast before dawn on April 15.

“Tonight an anti-terrorist operation began in the north of Donetsk region. It will be conducted step-by-step, responsibly, deliberately. The goal of these actions, I want to underline, is to defend the citizens of Ukraine,” said Turchynov, speaking before the Verkhovna Rada.

He called on those who want to show their heroism – join the National Guard or the Ukrainian army or police units.

On Monday, Turchynov signed a decree to officially begin a “special anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country. He ordered “that the National Security and Defense Council’s decision of April 13, 2014, ‘On urgent measures to overcome the territorial threat and to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine’ be put into effect.” According to Parubiy, the battalion comprised of volunteers from the Maidan self-defense troops has been sent to the East.

Persons seized police department of Kramatorsk city of Donetsk region have already left the building.