Donetsk, Sep 30 – Sep. Ukrainian forces shelled DPR territory 863 times over the week, a DPR defense official said.

"Over the last week Ukrainian forces shelled our territory 863 times, with 378 cases of using heavy artillery, tanks and mortars," said deputy commander of DPR Operations Command Colonel Eduard Basurin.

According to Basurin, 19 villages and towns were hit. The shellings mostly come from the positions of the 58th and the 54th separate mechanized brigades and the 46th separate special forces battalion “Donbass-Ukraina” of the 10th separate mountain brigade.

Earlier in the day a DPR defense official reported 142 shellings of DPR frontline territory over 24 hours.

DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko ordered republican forces to maintain comprehensive unconditional ceasefire as of midnight September, 14/15. He reiterated that DPR kept truce before as well in accordance with agreement brokered by the Contact Group in late August.

The ceasefire in Donbass effective since 31 August, 2016 was agreed at the Contact Group meeting and approved by the “Normandy Four” (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) group of guarantors of the Minsk agreements.