© RIA Novosti/Natalia SeliverstovaDPR First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) officials announced that residents of some Donetsk districts are suburban areas are being evacuated in an orderly manner due to constant artillery strikes carried out by Ukrainian troops, reports Interfax.

"We evacuated around 500 people just yesterday in the evening from the private household districts, which were subject to artillery fire, so on average we evacuate regularly seven to eight buses from the city districts and suburbs," DPR First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin told reporters.

"The evacuation is being held in an orderly fashion and information of large-scale evacuations of the entire Donetsk population does not exist," he stressed.

According to Purgin's statement, Ukrainian military continually shells Donetsk suburbs and its outskirts. As a result of gunfire last night about 15 people were killed, the militia reported.