Donetsk, Feb 17 - DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic militia has opened return fire at Ukrainian army positions, the DPR People Militia reported on Thursday.

“Tensions on the contact line have increased dramatically,” the report said. “The enemy is making attempts to start hostilities. To protect civilian population our defenders had to open return fire for suppressing enemy firepower.”

Earlier reports said that Ukrainian armed formations had shelled nine settlements in Donbass, including five in the DPR. *jk