Donetsk, Dec 28 - DAN. Ukrainian forces used the New Year ceasefire to strengthen their defence line and replace troops, DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Thursday.

“Using the ceasefire, the enemy is continuing to strengthen its forward line in engineering operations, rorate frontline units and replenish supplies along the entire frontline,” Basurin said.

At the 20 December meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, the parties to the negotiations confirmed their commitment to comprehensive, sustained and indefinite ceasefire in effect from 23 December midnight, Kiev time (01:00, Donetsk time). After the ceasefire came into force, Ukrainian army units shelled Yasinovataya and Gorlovka outskirts. *jk