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The Novorossiya fighters have also seized two tanks, about six multiple launch rocket systems, two armored personnel carriers, up to 14 artillery guns and mortars, up to 24 vehicles and two depots with ammunition, the militia headquarters reported.
The Novorossiya fighters also successfully fought against the Ukrainian troops on the Sea of Azov, their first sea battle, destroying two border guard boats, which tried to shell the militias in the village of Shirokino near the town of Novoazovsk, the militia headquarters said.
ITAR-TASS has no confirmation of these reports from other sources so far.
The headquarters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Sunday that more than 100 Ukrainian servicemen had surrendered to the Novorossiya army,
“The first column of surrendering servicemen came under friendly fire while the second passed unhindered,” eyewitnesses said.
According to preliminary information, this group of Ukrainian troops accepted DPR premier Aleksander Sakharchenko’s proposal made on Saturday to surrender arms.
The sides have been actively firing on each other’s positions, the Novorossiya news agency said.
Several Ukrainian army groupings are encircled by the militia fighters in three locations, it added.
The DPR militias continue an offensive in the south of the Sea of Azov. After gaining control of Novoazovsk, the militias have so far avoided storming Mariupol, only sending sabotage and reconnaissance forces bypassing the city, blocking the road to Berdyansk, the agency said.
Pro-Kiev troops and local militias in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions are involved in fierce clashes as the Ukrainian armed forces are conducting a military operation to regain control over the breakaway regions, which on May 11 proclaimed their independence at local referendums.
During the military operation, Kiev has used armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation. Many buildings have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have had to flee Ukraine’s embattled east.