"In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded a similar number of ceasefire violations –  including, however, more explosions (almost 150) – compared with the previous reporting period (about 70 explosions)," the OSCE SMM said in an update on January 6 based on information received as of 19:30 Kyiv time on January 5, 2017.

Read also"DPR" militants prevent OSCE from accessing part of compound in heavy weapons holding area"In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations compared with the previous reporting period [no ceasefire violations]. Positioned in 'LPR'-controlled Kalynove (60km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard ten shots of small-arms fire 2-4km west," the report says.

"The SMM observed armoured combat vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun and other indications of military-type presence in the security zone. In government-controlled areas, the SMM saw six stationary IFVs (BMP-1) and an anti-aircraft gun (ZU-23, 23mm) mounted on an armoured personnel carrier (MT-LB) near Popasna (69km west of Luhansk). On 4 January, the SMM observed light military vehicles parked at several houses in Orikhove-Donetske (44km north-west of Luhansk)," the observers said.