Situation in Donetsk, Horlivka, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, and Slovyansk is tense - Donetsk region's state administration

The interior policy department of the Donetsk region's administration said in a report on the current situation in the region posted on the temporary website of the Donetsk region's administration.

The situation in Donetsk, Horlivka, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Slovyansk, and the Slovyansk district of the Donetsk region remains tense and the situation in Druzhkovsk and Konstantynovka may aggravate, the interior policy department of the Donetsk region's administration said in a report on the current situation in the region posted on the temporary website of the Donetsk region's administration.

The situation in the other cities and regions is now calm.

The report says tensions are rising in the region due to the anti-terrorist operation. "The situation is aggravated by the fact that the comments made by Ukrainian and Russian channels are diametrically opposite and alarming statements are made on the increase of military equipment in the northern part of the region," the report says.

At the same time, the heads of the cities and districts remain in their workplaces, despite the weekend, and monitor the situation to maintain stability and prevent manifestations of extremism and reduce the tension among citizens.

The interior policies department of the Donetsk region's administration also reports that Ukrainian have encircled the city of Slovyansk.

"Shots are heard in Slovyansk. The city is fully encircled by the military. At the same time, the situation is now relatively calm, some shops have opened, and people have started to go outside," the report says.

Traffic is restricted on the streets of Slovyansk, which has resulted in shortage of bread of the shops of most village councils, Local residents are blocking military equipment near the village of Bylbasovka, Slovyansk region.

According to the region's administration, shorts are heard in the Yasnogorka area. There is a bread shortage.

In a phone conversation with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concerns about the reports "on the preparation by the Ukrainian army with support from Right Sector to storm some cities in the southeastern regions of Ukraine, including the city of Slovyansk."

The ministers expressed their readiness to promote equal dialogue between the Kiev administration and representatives of the southeastern regions of Ukraine to reach agreements on the practical steps in accordance with the Geneva statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The Russian minister reconfirmed that the chances for such dialogue still exist on condition of the cancellation of the criminal order to use the army against the people and curbing national radicals," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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