Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen
Avakov said the military actions at the edge of insurgent-held Sloviansk and in the
nearby village of Semenivka are an “active offensive phase” of the government’s
anti-terrorism operation, which began in April.
“A very intense exchange of fire is
underway. Our armored personnel carriers have been hit by the terrorists’
grenade launcher several times near Semenivka. But they have withstood the attack.
Well done, [APR] designers!” Avakov wrote
But Vladislav Seleznev, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s anti-terrorism operation, said that two servicemen were killed and 42 wounded, some critically, amid the fierce fighting. “The active phase of the counterterrorism operation is continuing near Krasny Lyman and in Semenivka,” he told reporters on June 3.