Donetsk, Jan 31 – DAN. At least six residential houses in Donetsk and Gorlovka and a gas pipe in Yasinovataya were damaged by Ukrainian forces shelling, a Republic’s defence source told Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“Three residential houses were damaged in Oktyabrskiy neighbourhood in Donetsk’s Kuibyshevskiy district. Two houses in Karbysheva Street in Zaitsevo village outside Gorlovka sustained damage, too, and a house in 242 Kuibysheva Street took a direct hit,” the officer said, adding that a gas pipe in Yakovlevka village, Yasinovatskiy district, was ruptured by Ukrainian army strikes.

The situation along the contact line in the Donetsk People’s Republic has deteriorated dramatically in the past few days. Kiev intensified shelling of DPR territory causing increased damage and civilian casualties, DPR Operations Command said.*jk