- The statement also confirmed that the people's militia offensive reached the Azov Sea. Alexandr Zaharchenko, the Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Donetsk (DNR) added that rebel forces now advancing towards the port city of Mariupol.
- The Ukrainian army stationed in the city and Interior Ministry troops fled Mariupol, but members of the right sector that made up the National Guard and billionaire oligarch Kolomojskij's private army the "Azov" Regiment made up by common criminals barricaded themselves in the city.
- From the direction of Novoazovsk the rebel army closing in on Mariupol. The majority of residents could not leave the city in time therefore, during the upcoming siege and the expected heavy house-to-house fighting between rebel forces and members of the National Guard significant civilian losses are expected.
- The retreating Ukrainian forces continue shelling Luhansk, Ilovajsk, Torez and Makejevka settlements from a distance.
Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Donetsk Alexandr Zaharchenko's remarks on the alleged "Russian intrusion"
"Kiev and the West disseminating lies about Russian military intrusions in Ukraine in order to justify the catastrophic losses of the Ukrainian armed forces. We've never hidden the fact that many Russian volunteers are fighting in our ranks without whom it would be much harder for us to make huge gains in such a short time," said Zaharchenko.
“Among the Russian volunteers there are former professional soldiers as well. Regular Russian solders also joined us in order to help us in their free time... which is a typical Russian attitude," said Zaharchenko.
(oroszhirek.hu – hungarianambiance.com)