Donetsk, Dec 29 – DAN. Ukrainian army units violated the ceasefire almost 15.5 thousand times in 2017, firing over 7,000 mortar and artillery rounds, DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Friday.

“Overall, 15,484 ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces have been recorded this year,” Basurin said. “The enemy fired over 100,000 rounds, including 1,610 rocket artillery rounds and 13,612 artillery rounds.

Earlier reports said Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire five times firing on five DPR district, using 120mm mortars to hit Elenovka outside Donetsk.

The members of the Contact Group held a meeting on December 20 in Minsk and agreed to a comprehensive, durable and indefinite ceasefire coming into force at midnight December 23 (1.00 a.m. DPR time). The DPR has confirmed its commitment to silence guns. *ot