The Ukrainian Armed Forces have taken control of the population centre of Novoluhanske at the Svitlodarsk salient, where heavy engagements between the antiterrorist operation (ATO) troops and pro-Russian militants have been observed since 18 December.
"Well, hello, Svitlodarsk salient. Today the Donbass Ukraine battalion has successfully completed a bold mission to liberate the town of Novoluhanske. Offhand. Without losses," battalion commander Vyacheslav Vlasenko said on Facebook.
According to the ATO HQ, the militants made three attempts to attack the Ukrainian Armed Forces' positions at the Svitlodarsk salient but retreated under return fire.
Earlier, the ATO confirmed the death of a soldier who was considered taken captive near Svitlodarsk. Volunteers said the militants had killed three captive servicemen.