Donetsk, Aug 22 - DAN. Ukrainian forces shelled the Gagarin Colliery neighbourhood in the outskirts of Gorlovka with mortars on Thursday evening, the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia reported.

“At 18:50, Ukrainian forces delivered a mortar strike at the outskirts of the Gagarin Colliery neighbourhood in Gorlovka.  Nine 120mm mortar rounds exploded in residential areas within ten minutes. Two houses at 17 and 18 Sadovaya Street caught fire during the shelling,” the report said.

The order to open fire was given by 53rd Brigade commander Andrey Polyanov, the DPR militia said. No casualties or damage were immediately reported.*jk