Rumors about the upcoming offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are being spread in the militant-occupied territories, according to a source. Against the background of such gossip, the Russian proxies are preparing an armed provocation against the Ukrainian military while evacuating their families from the areas where fighting may erupt.

Such processes are already being witnessed in the militant stronghold of Donetsk, a source said.

The militants admitted that they had lost 136 people during an unsuccessful attack in the area of the village of Starohnativka, according to Apostrophe source.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian troops were able to repel a militant attack near the village of Starohnativka in Donetsk region on August 10 and even retook key heights there after a fight, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's press service reported on Monday.