Donetsk, Dec 12 – DAN. Kiev forces fired mortar shells on Sakhanka in southern DPR, the DPR mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) said.

"Today at 2.25 p.m. Ukrainian armed formations fired five mortar shells of 120 mm caliber on Sakhanka from Shirokino. Small arms were also used."

No further information is available at this point.

Earlier DPR Intelligence reported Kiev is preparing a large-scale offensive against the DPR and concentrating large force along the contact line.

Ukraine declared martial law on November 26 in ten Ukrainian regions adjacent to Russia and Transnistria, or Kiev-controlled Donbass regions, or the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.

Martial law is brought in all over the state or in designated areas in accordance with the bill "On the Legal Regime of Martial Law". Martial law provides military authorities and leadership with greater and unlimited power, while restricting civil liberties such as public gatherings, media freedoms and free movement.*ot