Donetsk, Nov 10 – DAN. Heavier shelling by the Ukrainian army of south frontline areas might be related to the U.S. presidential election, DPR Head Aleksandr Zakharchenko told reporters on Thursday.

“The situation is difficult in DPR south. Shelling has intensified in the past two and half weeks. It is related to the U.S. election,” Zakharchenko said. “They think they can use U.S. interregnum to make a breakthrough they’ve been hoping for. Ukraine believes it can march to the border (with Russia) unassisted.”

He underlined that Ukrainian forces continue to mass hardware along the contact line on Gorlovka and southern axes and in Dokuchayevsk area.

On Wednesday, the USA summed up the results of the 8 October presidential election won by Republican candidate billionaire Donald Trump. The U.S. Congress is to endorse the voting results on January 6, 2017, and the president-elect is to take office on January 20, 2017.