Updated at 13:48,15-08-2017

SBU starts counter-terrorism operation

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SBU head Alexander Yakimenko has announced it.

The statement has been published on the website of the Ukrainian Security Service. The resistance has escalated and fire arms need to be used now, it says. According to the SBU, activists have gained access to 1.5 thousand guns and 100 thousand cartridges.

"We are witnessing purposeful violence, arsons, and murders, hostage-taking and heartening. Fire arms are being used for it. These are not signs of terrorism – these are real terrorist acts!" the statement says.

The Ukrainian Security Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Border Service and central and local authorities will take part in the operation. The Ukrainian President has been informed about it.