Head of Zolote in Donbas: Gray zone shrinks with liberated village

14:08, 02 July 2018
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Head of the military civil administration of the town of Zolote, Kostiantyn Ilchenko, has said the Ukrainian military completely liberated the village of Zolote-4, which is one of five parts of the town of Zolote in Luhansk region in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

He explained that Zolote-4 had earlier had uncertain status, since only part of the village was under control of the Ukrainian military.

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"There were fighting confrontations for these positions. Now the dangerous pressure on the population of Zolote-4 has already been reduced, because this is already our territory, the troops are deployed and the Russian military does not have such influence," Ilchenko told Hromadske Radio.

According to him, about 800 people are now living in the village. However, the exact number of residents is still being clarified.

"In any case, the village is located on the front line, and, given the range of the mortar mine, it will remain in the impact zone. But the gray zone has been reduced – this is a fact. Zolote-4 is finally under Ukrainian control," Ilchenko said.

Earlier, the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation confirmed the Armed Forces of Ukraine had retaken Zolote-4 in Luhansk region, which was located in the "gray zone."

Footage with a Ukrainian serviceman raising the Ukrainian flag over the liberated village was also shared via social works.

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