According to Alexander Hug, OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor, OSCE SMM expects that the New Year's ceasefire in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone, which is expected to begin on December 23, will establish a "period of relative calm".

"We expect that, as in previous years, the recent confirmation of the commitment to the ceasefire regime by the parties will lead to the establishment of a period of relative quiet, relief for the long-suffering population living along the contact line starting today’s midnight, December, 22," Hug stated.

Earlier, QHA reported that Contact Group for the settlement of the situation in the Donbas had confirmed the need to ensure peace and tranquility in connection with the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. Guided by earlier agreements, the group "reaffirmed its commitment to adherence to a comprehensive, sustainable and indefinite ceasefire starting 00:00 December 23, 2017