DONETSK, December 2. /TASS/. Units of the Ukrainian army over past 24 hour 27 times violated ceasefire as they shelled settlements in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) along the line of engagement, the republic’s command said on Saturday.
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces 27 times violated ceasefire in the past 24 hours," the Donetsk news agency said. "They used mortars, grenade launchers and small arms."
Under fire were districts of 16 compounds in the republic.
Since the fall of 2014, participants in the Contact Group on East Ukrainian settlement have announced about a dozen of ceasefire deals. On June 24, the so-called "harvest ceasefire" came into effect - it was expected to hold until the end of August. However, shelling incidents continued to happen.
On August 23, the Contact Group members declared a "back-to-school" ceasefire in Donbass starting from August 25. However, on that very day, defense authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics reported that their territories had come under shelling from positions of the Ukrainian troops. Kiev, in turn, has been accusing the republics of violating the ceasefire.