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Ceasefire Violations in E Ukraine Declining Since New Year’s Eve: Donetsk

© AP Photo / Markiv Mykhailo / PoolUkrainian soldiers get new tanks and other military vehicles at a military base in the eastern town of Chuguyev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers get new tanks and other military vehicles at a military base in the eastern town of Chuguyev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 - Sputnik International
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After December 31 there have been less ceasefire violations, according to a commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's militia.

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DONETSK, January 3 (Sputnik) — The number of ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces has gone down since New Year’s Eve, Commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's militia Eduard Basurin said Saturday.

“Before the New Year, the number of violations varied between 10 and 25 cases a day. After December 31 there have been less such incidents, the intensity began to decline,” Basurin told reporters.

Kiev-led forces violated the ceasefire agreement 10 times during the day, he added, noting that no casualties have been reported.

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Earlier on Saturday, Ukrainian forces informed that they had recorded eight ceasefire violations by the militia in the course of the night.

Kiev and eastern Ukrainian militia agreed on a ceasefire deal in September in Minsk following months of bloodshed but have subsequently accused each other of breaking the truce.

In a bid to renew ceasefire efforts, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko introduced a "silence regime" in the conflict-torn regions on December 9. The announcement was followed by a new round of Minsk negotiations, brokered by Russia and the OSCE, on December 24. During the talks, the sides agreed on a new prisoner exchange round, which was carried out on December 26.

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