(QHA) -

For failing to abide by their oath and siding with separatists, Ukraine interior ministry dismissed 17,000 Donbas policemen, deputy interior minister Mykola Velychkovych said, speaking on the 112 TV Oct. 17.

“We have dismissed 17,000 policemen in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts for breaking their oath, openly siding with terrorists or just sitting on the fence when public order was violated,” he said.

“We will not pay wages to such policemen for merely being good guys,” the official said.