As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 376th day, we take a look at the main developments.
This is the state of affairs on Monday, March 6, 2023:
- The Ukrainian army said its forces repelled 95 Russian attacks in the Bakhmut area the previous day. “The situation in Bakhmut can be described as critical,” Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said in a video commentary.
- The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary force warned Moscow’s position around the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut was in danger unless his troops were given ammunition, the latest sign of tension between the Kremlin and the private militia chief.
- “If Wagner withdraws from Bakhmut now, the whole front will collapse,” Yevgeny Prigozhin said. “The situation will not be favorable for all military formations protecting Russian interests.”
- The Russian army has struck a command center of the Azov regiment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the southeastern region of Zaporizhia, the Russian defense ministry said.
- Near Vuhledar, Ukraine said senior officers of Russia’s 155th brigade, which Kiev says has suffered heavy casualties recently, refused to obey orders to attack.
- “Brigade leaders and senior officers refuse to continue another futile attack, as demanded by their unskilled commanders – to storm well-defended Ukrainian positions with little protection or preparation,” the Ukrainian military said in a statement, which did not could be confirmed. independently verified.
- A woman and two children have been killed in Russian mortar shelling on a village in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, Ukraine’s presidential office said.
- At least one person was injured in the southern Russian region of Belgorod after Russian troops shot down three missiles, the governor said.
- The death toll from a Russian missile strike that hit an apartment building in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia has risen to 11 after a woman’s body was found among the rubble.
- Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelensky paid tribute to the troops who defended Bakhmut during the “painful and difficult” battle for the frontline of the eastern Donbas region.
- Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu visited Mariupol, the city in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region captured by Russian forces last year after a months-long siege.
- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara is working hard to expand a UN-backed initiative that allowed Ukraine to export grain from Russian-blocked ports.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reiterated that so far there is no evidence that China intends to send lethal weapons to Russia for its war against Ukraine.
- Germany is making slow progress in enforcing sanctions against Russian oligarchs and institutions, according to government figures accessed by the Reuters news agency.
- Two Ukrainian pilots are in the US state of Arizona to practice on flight simulators and be evaluated by the US military, while Washington does not yet know whether it will send fighter jets or sophisticated remote-controlled drones to Kiev.
- German defense contractor Rheinmetall is negotiating to build a tank factory in Ukraine, the Rheinische Post newspaper reported, citing an interview with CEO Armin Papperger.
- In addition to Leopard 2 tanks, Rheinmetall plans to buy 96 Leopard 1s from Swiss defense company Ruag to send to Ukraine, Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reported.