Donetsk, Nov 18 – DAN. Ukrainian forces shelled Donetsk People’s Republic more than 6,400 times over the past week, a DPR defense official said.

"The situation along the contact line has been tense. The number of cases of shelling has increased up to 6,467 (compared with 5,118 the previous week). Artillery, tanks and mortars were employed to shell the Republic in 2,795 cases,” DPR Operations Command deputy commander Colonel Eduard Basurin told a news briefing at the Donetsk News Agency on Friday.

Basurin said that 26 towns and villages were hit this week, among them Donetsk, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya and Dokuchaevsk.

Earlier in the day reports said Kiev forces shelling took out power for Sergeevka village in Novoazovskiy district in DPR south. Overall 340 mortar and artillery rounds hit DPR frontline areas overnight, a military source said.