Ukrainian security forces conduct a special operation in the country's east and say they have detained 85 people believed to be connected with pro-Russian rebels. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Ukraine's security service released footage of a special operation conducted on Wednesday (December 9) in the eastern town of Krasnohorivka which is under the control of government forces some 30 km south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk. According to the SBU, 85 people who are believed to have connections with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics were detained. More than 600 officers of the SBU, National Guard and Armed Forces of Ukraine took part in the operation. Earlier on Thursday the SBU said it had broken up an armed insurgent group that operated out of Kiev and other major Ukrainian cities and that two people had been killed during the operation. The SBU said it had detained three Russian and four Ukrainian citizens after a shootout in which a special forces officer and the Ukrainian leader of the armed group were killed. Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow of supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and of attempting to destabilize other Ukrainian regions. The SBU believes the detained Russians could be members of Russian intelligence agencies. The United Nations said this week that arms and fighters were still pouring into rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine from Russia and that the death toll from 20 months of fighting now exceeded 9,100. The United States and European Union have imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.