Donetsk, Feb 1 – DAN. Discussion of the recent upsurge in fighting in Donbass is going on with great difficulty, said DPR delegation to Minsk talks press secretary.

"The discussion of the recent upsurge in fighting and inhuman shelling carried out by Kiev in DPR, that result in housing and infrastructure damage and civilian casualties, is going on stiffly," Viktoria Talakina said.

DPR and LPR reps are doing their best to find out ways to stabilize the situation along the contact line, she added.
The escalation in Donbass has become the key issue on today's Minsk talks agenda.

The situation along the contact line in the Donetsk People’s Republic has deteriorated dramatically in the last few days. Kiev intensified shelling of DPR territory causing massive damage and civilian casualties, DPR Operations Command said.
On January 31 Republican and Russian journalists came under Kiev’s fire in Donetsk, DAN reporter and Life cameraman were injured.

DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko said that the fighting was ongoing in 50km-long area. The enemy suffered major losses. The order to start the offensive was issued by Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko personally.
The shelling is ongoing. *ot