Former Head of Donetsk regional administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi, speaking on Ukrainian Pryamiy TV, confirmed the advance of the Ukrainian military near the city of Horlivka.
According to him, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have captured the territory near Horlivka, which was not controlled by any side. The pro-Russian militants used to come there and shell the Ukrainian positions.
"Is it possible to take back Horlivka? I am convinced that three days is enough for our Armed forces to take it. There is no escalation only because Russia can move in the troops. If, considering the current level of training and armament of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, we were given guarantees by NATO that Russia would not interfere during the liberation of these territories, it would take a maximum of two weeks and minimal losses to regain control over the whole territory of the so-called DPR and LPR. And we can surpass the Croatian scenario when the captured territories were retaken in six days," he said.
Zhebrivskyi pointed out that the only factor that does not allow Ukraine to start “de-occupation of Donbass” is the likelihood of a large-scale Russia aggression with Iskander missiles and other weapons. At the same time, he stressed that the Ukrainian army is ready for a quick liberation of these territories.
Earlier, pro-Russian militants reported about the advance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Horlivka. In particular, former DPR commander Igor Girkin wrote on his VKontakte page that the Ukrainian military have not entered the city [Horlivka] yet, but they have advanced considerably – at a distance of 350 meters from the positions of the Army Corps of DPR and LPR on the outskirts of Horlivka.