He said a Russian serviceman and 10 of his comrades were eliminated in a special operation.

Nalyvaichenko said the special operation to kill the militants was conducted near the village of Bezimyane in Novoazovskiy district, Donetsk region. According to Nalyvaichenko, this area is under the control of militants, and therefore the only alternative was their physical elimination.

Nalyvaichenko said he hoped that the Russian military and the Russian-led militants from the local population would send the bodies of those killed to the members of their families.

He also said that currently security officials are continuing operations to arrest or eliminatethe militants who fired Grad rockets at the Volnovakha checkpoint, hitting a bus and killing 13 civilians.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on January 24 there was a rocket attack on the eastern neighborhoods of Mariupol, which killed more than 30 people and injured over 100. The OSCE and other organizations determined that the rockets were fired from areas that are under the control of the militants.