Donetsk, May 21 - DAN. Donetsk People’s Republic state and military administrations are ready to operate amid the mounting tensions on the contact line in Donbass, DPR Head Denis Pushilin said on Thursday.

“Due to the escalation of the situation on the contact line as Ukraine stepped up military action, I checked the operation of the defence headquarters and ordered state and military administrations to go on alert,” Pushilin said.

The People’s Militia was ordered to keep the high level of combat readiness and, in case of strikes at the Republic’s territory, “act according to earlier instructions aimed at preventing civilian casualties and damage to social infrastructure,” he said.

At present, People’s Militia units are on full combat alert, the DPR leader said.*jk