An unspecified number were
captured, the press center added. Reporting from Karlivka, Agence France-Presse stated that at least four separatists were also killed in the same confrontation.
The ambush took place around 6 a.m. on
May 23 while the group was approaching a separatist-held checkpoint near a dam reservoir
next to the village where usually “7-10 people stood guard,” Semyon Semenchenko,
the group’s leader, told 112 Ukraina television channel.
Instead up to 200 Kremlin-backed separatists
surrounded the battalion and used automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades
and sniper fire from rifles, he posted on Facebook. An hour later, the separatists
were reinforced by an armored personnel carrier, heavy machine guns and grenades.