For several days, the AFU have been bombarding the village Sakhanka. On the 22nd of March, they shelled Sakhanka from mortars and antiaircraft guns. The AFU opened fire in the morning, at 9 am, when the children went to school. Two houses were damaged.
On the 18th of March, the Ukrainian side disrupted the withdrawal of forces again near Stanitsa Luganskaya, Andrey Marochko said. The People’s Militia of the LPR launched a white signal flare, which meant their readiness to withdraw forces. The patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which was on the side of the LPR, confirmed this information. However, the patrol on the Ukrainian side confirmed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take any response actions.
The statement of the commander of the unified forces in Donbass, Sergey Naev, is far from reality and demonstrates frank disregard for the Minsk agreements, the head of the representative office of the DPR in the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination Ruslan Yakubov said. Earlier, Naev stated that he did not intend to contact the heads of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic and he will speak with them «in the language of military force.»
The United Nations calls on Ukraine to repeal the Resolution No. 365 of Verkhovnaya Rada, which restricts the right of residents of Donbass to receive their earned pensions. «Six hundred thousand people who live in settlements close to the contact line to face daily difficulties. In addition to the daily threat of life, they suffer from limited access to medical services, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the main services.
The law on «reintegration» allowed Kiev to use all types of troops in Donbass, but Ukraine will not dare to take full-scale military action without a command from the United States, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko said. At the same time, he stressed that attempts at forcible seizure of Donbass would end in Ukraine’s failure.
«The Ministry of State Security of the Luhansk People’s Republic has reliable information on the preparation of reconnaissance groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the ministry said. Six instructors of the USA arrived in Lvov on the 18th of February from Germany. Moreover, a cargo of foreign weapons and special equipment was transported. American instructors were delivered to the Yavorovsky training range, where they began preparing four subversive groups to be sent to Donbass.
The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine reported that from November 2017 to February 2018 12 people died in Donbass, 61 wounded. During the fighting over six hundred houses were damaged in the Starobeshevsky district in the southeast of the DPR, the head of the district administration Nikolay Mikhailov said.