In the conflict zone in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions came into force a ceasefire.
With the initiative to declare Easter truce was made in mid-March, the heads of the DNI and LC. The leader of the DND Alexander Zakharchenko then expressed satisfaction with the reduction in the intensity of hostilities in the conflict zone.
«The fifth of March of the current year the «spring truce», which can be called one of the most successful. It is generally observed and there is hope that the ceasefire will become permanent. In anticipation for the great feast of all Christians to declare «Easter truce» Holy week» — quoted Zakharchenko TASS.
To discuss about the truce was held an extraordinary Minsk group negotiations via videoconference. On 23 March, the contact group confirmed its intention to introduce a ceasefire 30 March at 00:01 Moscow time.
According to the envoy of Russia at the Minsk talks, Boris Gryzlov, made a statement the parties «confirmed the prohibition of any offensive action and reconnaissance operations, firing in the direction, and from the settlements and the use of heavy weapons in the settlements and near them.»