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Monitors from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have recently registered about 144 explosions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

"In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 80 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 65 explosions)," the monitors said in an update covering the period between 19:30 on March 19 and 19:30 on March 20, which was posted on the OSCE's website.

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In particular, the explosions were recorded near the Donetsk Filtration Station (15km north of Russian-occupied Donetsk), the village of Shyrokyne (20km east of Ukrainian-controlled Mariupol), the town of Svitlodarsk (government-controlled, 57km north-east of Donetsk), and the village of Kurdiumivka (government-controlled, 54km north of Donetsk).

"In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including 64 explosions, compared to the previous reporting period (no ceasefire violations)," the update said.

Violations of the ceasefire in Luhansk region were recorded near the village of Muratove (government-controlled, 51km north-west of Russian-occupied Luhansk).

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas in Minsk announced an agreement on a full ceasefire from March 5. Members of the two self-proclaimed republics said they supported the ceasefire, but continued shelling Ukrainian troops in Donbas.