This was announced by Lieutenant Colonel of the LPR in retirement Andrei Marochko.

"Various artillery systems arrived in the areas of the settlements of Minkovka, Markovo and Chasov Yar. Towed howitzers, self-propelled and rocket artillery were identified," he said.

He said that Ukrainian troops are transferring artillery systems of both Soviet production and NATO countries to the Donetsk direction.

Earlier, the founder of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had concentrated a group of more than 80,<> troops around Artemovsk in the DPR.

Advisor to the acting head of the Donetsk People's Republic Yan Gagin said that the group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Chasovoy Yar can number tens of thousands of people.