In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on March 18, 6 violations of the ceasefire by the armed formations of the Russian Federation were recorded, - the JFO headquarters reported. The occupiers opened fire from 120 and 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms, prohibited by the Minsk agreements, in the area of responsibility of the North tactical force, not far from the settlement of Pivdenne. As a result of the enemy shelling, one soldier received a bullet wound incompatible with life. The Russian occupation troops fired at the positions of the Ukrainian defenders using 120-caliber mortars and grenade launchers of various systems in the area of responsibility of the East tactical force, near the settlement of Vodiane in Pryazovia, and automatic heavy grenade launchers and small arms - in the suburb of Bohdanivka. Our defenders returned fire to shelling from the Russian occupation forces.
Occupiers of the so-called "DNR" revealed 266 new cases of coronavirus infection and 81 cases of pneumonia over the day, which CADO does not associate with "covid". This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Health of the DPR". In addition, nine deaths have been reported. Of the 81 new cases of "usual" pneumonia, hospitalization was required for 56 patients. In total, 921 patients with pneumonia are undergoing treatment, of which 462 are on oxygen support (+17 over the day). In total, as of March 18, 27392 cases of the disease were confirmed in CADO, 5224 patients are being treated, 2153 people have died. The mortality rate remains extremely high - 7.9%, in comparison with 1.9% - in the free territory of Ukraine and 2.2% - in the world.
Occupiers of the so-called "LNR" developed a "mechanism" for depriving IDPs of the right of ownership to house land plots. This followed from the text of the order of the so-called "Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection of the Administration of the City of Lugansk", sent to homeowners who, due to various circumstances, are not able to do landscaping. In particular, the prescription stated that housing construction, around which no grass has been mowed and no garbage has been removed, has already come to the attention of the occupation authorities. The owners of private housing are asked in a directive form to "provide information about the owner within fifteen days". Local "ecologists" warned that "in the absence of information or failure to comply with previously issued instructions, the documents will be sent to the commission for the recognition of this land plot as ownerless".
The Luhanskvoda enterprise, controlled by the "LNR" militants, warned of interruptions in the supply of water to the center of occupied Luhansk in connection with repair work, separatist media reported. It was reported that in connection with the repair work at the booster pumping station located along Kotsiubynskoho Street, there will be disruptions in the water supply along the streets of Kotsiubynskoho, Demekhina, Titova, 5 Heroes of the Great Patriotic War Square, as well as in kindergarten No.1.
Three fires occurred in occupied Donetsk over the day, as a result of two of them, two people died. This was reported by the fake "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DNR". So, a detached home caught fire in the Kirovskyi district along the Kapitanska Street. A woman, born in 1926, died as a result of the fire. A fire broke out in an apartment on the third floor of a three-story residential building along the Ilyich Avenue in the Kalininskiy district. A man, born in 1957, died as a result of the fire.