Donetsk, Dec 14 – DAN. DPR Intelligence has reported that Ukrainian tanks are dispersed in width along the contact line from Mariupol to Volnovakha, said DPR People's Militia deputy chief-of-staff Eduard Basurin.

"Data coming from the Ukrainian side proves that the enemy is ready to commence a large-scale assault," he said.

Basurin said the leading echelon had been formed of the force of 128th and 79th brigades and dispersed along the 50km wide frontline from Mariupol to Volnovakha.

"Tank units are dispersed along the contact line in groups of up to two platoons on the stretch of land from Vinogradnoye to Starognatovka."

Earlier DPR Intelligence reported Kiev is preparing a large-scale offensive against the DPR and concentrating large force along the contact line.

Ukraine declared martial law on November 26 in ten Ukrainian regions adjacent to Russia and Transnistria, or Kiev-controlled Donbass regions, or the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.

Martial law is brought in all over the state or in designated areas in accordance with the bill "On the Legal Regime of Martial Law". Martial law provides military authorities and leadership with greater and unlimited power, while restricting civil liberties such as public gatherings, media freedoms and free movement.*ot