In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on March 25, the enemy made three provocative shelling of our positions, - the JFO headquarters reported. As a result of the shelling, two servicemen of the Joint Forces were injured. Our defending units forced the enemy to stop shelling with an adequate response. The fire destroyed one and injured two occupiers.
The "LNR" leader Leonid Pasechnik stated that he would not recognize new president of Ukraine, but wants to conduct a direct dialogue with him. He said this on the so-called "hot line", - separatist media write. In particular, Pasechnik stated that "he is ready for a direct dialogue with the newly elected President of Ukraine to discuss and resolve the conflict in Donbas, but this dialogue should be direct, without participation of any intermediaries".
The reason for the refusal on the part of the militants to open the Zolote checkpoint on the part of the occupied territory of Luhansk oblast is the nearby territory that is mined from the side they control. This was stated by representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of situation in the east of Ukraine (TCG) Yevhen Marchuk. "They say: they are not ready (to open the checkpoint – ed), because that side has not been cleared. You have not been able to clear it for three years?", - Marchuk said.
Occupation administration of Donetsk reported that the branch No.1 Donetsk Metallurgical Plant of ZAO Vneshtorgservis resumed its production cycle on March 25. Currently, employees of the company have started to blow up the blast furnace No.1.
16 people died in fires in occupied Donetsk since the beginning of 2019. This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DNR".
54 babies were born in Donetsk from March 18 to 25: 31 boys and 23 girls. This was reported by the city occupation administration.
53 babies were born in Luhansk from March 18 to 24: 18 boys and 35 girls. This was reported by the city occupation administration.