Donetsk, Jan 16 - DAN. The number of ‘New Year ceasefire’ violations by Ukrainian forces has decreased almost two-fold over the past 24 hours to seven, a DPR Operations Command officer said on Tuesday.

“Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire seven times using 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and large-calibre machine guns and small arms,” the officer said.

Six settlements in the Republic came under Ukrainian army units fire, he added.

No casualties or damage were immediately reported.

In the previous 24-hour period, DPR Operations Command recorded 13 ceasefire violations by Kiev forces. *jk