Developments in the combat zone of Donbas
Detention of Ruban
Grenades explode in Kyiv
Naftogaz-Gazprom gas wars
International Women's Day
204th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's birth
Close East on 112
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1. the beginning of another ceasefire in Donbas, offered by Minsk talks group. In its statement, the group underlined the importance of peace and tranquillity of the population in the eastern Ukraine conflict area.
Later that day, Ukraine's defense ministry confirmed the information that Russian regular army units and the illegal armed formations of terrorists attacked Ukrainian positions seven times over past 24 hours. The attacks included frequent use of the weaponry banned by Minsk agreements. Thus, the enemy again violated the ceasefire offered by the Minsk talks group. Mortar strikes were observed near Luhanske, Schastya, Pavlopol, Shyrokyne and Mariinka; 50 mines hit Ukrainian positions. The enemy units also used tank armaments and infantry weaponry. The militants carried attacks on Ukrainian positions an hour after the armistice officially began in Donbas.
Ukraine and Russia have exchanged detained border guards; employees of the State Border Service Bohdan Martson and Igor Dziubak, kidnapped by the Russian special services in October 2017 eventually returned to Ukraine. The exchange took place next to Hoptivka checkpoint in Kharkiv region (northeastern Ukraine).
On March 6, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol reported that armed Russian militant threatened them with an assault rifle. The incident occurred at Kozatske checkpoint in Donetsk region. The SMM also saw him pointing the assault rifle directly at the first SMM vehicle, which was then about 120m west of the checkpoint, reads the message on the OSCE website. “When the SMM reached a distance of approximately 100m west of the checkpoint, it saw the man kneel down and continue to point his rifle at the SMM vehicle. The SMM immediately stopped there. The driver of the first SMM patrol vehicle then slightly opened the door and asked the man to lower his rifle and call his superior. The armed man used hostile language and said, in Russian, “Leave immediately, and if you come closer, I will shoot,” while continuously pointing his rifle directly at the first SMM vehicle,” it said.
The SMM immediately left the area towards the west and returned safely to its base in Mariupol.
2. Volodymyr Ruban, the head of the Center for Release of prisoners of war 'Officer Corps', was detained on March 8 at the Ukrainian checkpoint at the demarcation line in Donbas Conflict zone. It is stated that Ruban is suspected of preparing a terrorist act and illegal handling of weapons.
Kyiv District Court arrested Volodymyr Ruban for 60 days without the right to bail.
Ruban denies all accusations and claims that he didn’t know about the weapons and the incident was an operation organized by the officer with a call sign “Cedar.”
'They make terrorist #1 of me. I deny all accusations and I have the explanations', he claimed.
Vasyl Grytsak, the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) held the briefing on the details of the detention of Volodymyr Ruban. He said that it was a long-term operation, that this detention prevented a number of the terrorist actions in the downtown of Kyiv.
Rubam is already listed in Myrotvorets database as "the accomplice of the terrorists".

3. Two grenades were detonated in Kyiv near Lisna metro station on March 6. The grenades in Kyiv were thrown by policeman suspected of the arms trade. The offender turned out to be a police officer with connection to the former Berkut. The Security Service reported that it was a special operation of the Security Service.
Apart from that, on the night of March 8 unknown people fired from the grenade launcher at the restaurant in Kyiv. Around 50 mof the place burnt out. A few tens of meters from the explosion point the investigators found a launching tube.

4. would demand the Russian firm to compensate 34% for emergency gas purchases from Europe. That same day, it was revealed that stocks of natural gas in Ukraine’s underground storage facilities had dropped by 783 million cubic meters within a week due to Gazprom’s failure to comply with its contractual obligations, which made Ukraine rely on the gas from storage and to purchase 60 million cubic meters of gas from Poland’s PGNiG. Naftogaz-Ukraine also introduced heightened security measures throughout the nation’s gas transport system. Then, the Ukrainian party requested Gazprom to adjust the existing agreement so that it would comply with Ukraine’s energy law. By the end of Monday, it became known that Naftogaz had decided to shut down its office in Russia from 12 March.

Ukraine’s President awarded the laureates of 2018 with Shevchenko National Prize. According to Petro Poroshenko, 70 nominees were going after high state award and only eight of them won the race.
According to the decree, the awards went to a writer Emma Andijewska for her poetry books; to artist Pavlo Makov for his creative project 'Lost Paradise'; to publicist Serhiy Plokhiy for the book 'Gates of Europe' and to composer Viktoria Poliova for the choral symphony to the canonical texts 'Light Chants'.

7. Close East project
This week we publish another 3 stories about ordinary people making positive changes next to teh combat zone in Donbas.
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