Prior to the
operation, Ukrainian security officials had discovered the city’s monastery,
the Svyatohirsk Assumption Lavra of the Moscow Patriarchate, served as a
military base for the insurgents who have besieged the region.
“The Interior Ministry’s special forces have freed the
town of Svyatohirsk from an illegal armed group of separatists. Law enforcers
who took part in the anti-terrorist operation drove the illegal armed groups
out of the village. There have been no casualties,” the ministry’s report
Police are now patrolling and securing the city, it says.