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"The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk region between the evenings of January 15 and 16, including around 362 explosions, compared with 200 in the previous 24 hours," the mission said in an update based on information received as of 19:30 local time on January 16, 2017.

Throughout the evening on January 15 while in government-controlled Svitlodarsk (57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard 37 artillery fire explosions overall, including two assessed as impacts 5-8km west, five assessed as impacts 3-6km south, and 30 undetermined 5-6km south.

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