Regional admin: battles raging in much of Donetsk region
The administration of Donetsk region on Friday said fighting between government and illegal armed forces was underway currently in the region's city of Kramatorsk, districts of Artemivsk, Maryinka and Yasynuvata, and city and district of Sloviansk.
The administration said in a statement that government forces were currently besieging the town of Mykolayivka near Sloviansk and had destroyed six strongpoints and an ammunition depot of separatists, who were trying to retain their positions.
In the town of Sloviansk, the Karachun mountain was still under fire. In the village of Semenivka near Kramatorsk, an ammunition and weapons depot had been destroyed, and government forces had taken control of part of an arterial motor road linking Kharkiv in Ukraine to Rostov-on-Don in Russia, the statement said.
There were recurrent artillery attacks in Kramatorsk, with civilians having been injured, the public transportation system paralyzed, and disruptions in electricity and natural gas supply in villages on the city outskirts, the administration said.
Gunfire was raging in the town of Siversk and villages of Kirovka and Novoluhanske in Artemivsk district. The local airspace was under the control of the government air force. In the village of Reznikivka, electricity transmission lines, the water supply system and natural gas pipelines had been damaged, and communications were severed, the statement said.
In Shakhtarsk district, battles were in progress in Saur-Mohyla. "Gunfire is making it impossible to restore electricity supply in Dmytrivka and Stepanivka," the administration said.