(QHA) -

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) plans to double the number of monitors it has in Ukraine by the end of this month.

OSCE spokesman Michael Bociourkiw made the announcement on January 4 in an interview with the German dpa news agency.

The monitoring mission will be increased from 250 monitors to 500 because the security situation in eastern Ukraine has improved, Bociourkiw said.

He added, however, that there continue to be violations of the fragile cease-fire on a daily basis. He said the withdrawal of heavy equipment that was agreed by all parties in Minsk in September has not been implemented.

Both Ukrainian military officials and spokespeople for the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on January 4 accused one another of violating the cease-fire.