The latest re-commitment to the ceasefire that came into force on 8 March 2019 brought limited respite from violence. An overall decrease in the number of reported security incidents was observed, with 29 per cent less incidents compared to the previous month. Meanwhile, the number of conflict-related casualties among civilians remained high with 9 injured and 4 killed, as reported by OHCHR. Critical civilian infrastructure frequently came under fire, which caused severe damage and interruption of water and electricity supplies. A number of times the ‘windows of silence’ were agreed to make necessary repairs of the damaged facilities. However, civilian workers came under small-arms fire while conducting emergency repairs of impacted power lines in Marinka (Donetska oblast, GCA) and damaged water pipelines in the area between Berezove (Donetska oblast, GCA) and Olenivka (Donetska oblast, NGCA). While no casualties were reported due to these incidents, the repair works were suspended and further delayed, as the workers were forced to evacuate to safe areas. On 21-22 March, some unexploded ordnances (UXOs) were found in the vicinity of two education facilities in Donetsk (Donetska oblast, NGCA). No casualties were reported as part of these incidents, however, mine contamination in the vicinity of education facilities remains a security threat for students and teachers in eastern Ukraine.
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