As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 370th day, we take a look at the most important developments.
This is the state of affairs on Tuesday, February 28, 2023:
- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia will not resume participation in New START nuclear weapons treaty talks until Washington listens to Moscow’s position, Izvestia reported.
- US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen made a surprise visit to Kiev to reaffirm Washington’s support and economic aid to Ukraine’s war campaign.
- Foreign ministers from around the world will meet in New Delhi this week in the shadow of the war and tensions between the US and China; host country India hopes that issues such as climate change and debt in developing countries will not be overlooked.
- China has “very clearly” sided with Russia in the war in Ukraine by providing diplomatic, political and economic support, the US State Department said.
- The Kremlin said a Chinese peace plan urging both sides to agree to a gradual reduction of military forces and warning against the use of nuclear weapons should be analyzed in detail, taking into account the interests of all sides.
- The United Nations rights chief condemned Russia’s “pointless” invasion of Ukraine at the start of a session of the Human Rights Council, in which countries want to step up investigations into allegations that Russia has committed war crimes, which it denies.
- The military situation is becoming increasingly difficult around Bakhmut, the focal point of the Russian advance in eastern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
- Russia’s defense ministry said its forces destroyed a Ukrainian ammunition depot near Bakhmut and also shot down four HIMARS missiles and five Ukrainian drones.
- Reuters was unable to verify the battlefield reports.
- Russian banks and politicians have downplayed the latest foreign sanctions against Russian lenders and are promising swift solutions to any problems with customers’ foreign currency transactions.