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"We'll continue the operation until all the DNR forces have been destroyed or until they have surrendered," local media quoted Dmitrashkovsky as saying, adding that at least 200 members of DNR militia had been killed in the fighting.
Earlier on Tuesday, parliament-appointed Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov said law-enforcement bodies fully controlled the international airport in Donetsk.
"We reacted to the seizure of the airport. As a result, the airport is fully controlled [by the Ukrainian military]," Avakov said. "The enemy has suffered serious losses. We haven't had any casualties."