Donetsk, May 5 - DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic Territorial Defense Headquarters has urged residents to refrain from joining mass gatherings on May 9 and May 11 holidays.

“We’re warning DPR residents to keep away from mass gatherings during the holidays on May 9 and May 11 as Ukrainian armed formations have stepped up strikes,” the HQ said on its Telegram Channel. “Take care of yourself and your families, try no to leave your home unless necessary and do not leave the shelter during the shelling.”

The DPR marks Victory Day on May 9 and Donetsk People’s Republic Day on May 11. These are public holidays in the Republic. *jk