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Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 387


As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 387th day, we take a look at the main developments.

This is the state of affairs on Friday, March 17, 2023:

US drone incident

  • The Pentagon has released video from Tuesday’s interception of its drone over the Black Sea, showing a Russian Su-27 fighter jet coming very close to the United States’ drone.
  • Russia has denied there was a collision, saying the drone crashed after making “sharp maneuvers” after flying “provocatively” close to Russian airspace near Crimea.
  • The Kremlin said its military would decide whether to try to collect the drone debris.

To fight

  • Kiev forces continued to resist Russian attacks on the now-devastated salt mining town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.
  • Russian attempts to take Bakhmut are “difficult” and there are no signs Ukraine is ready to withdraw, said the Russian-installed leader of Ukraine’s semi-occupied Donetsk region.
  • Ukraine revealed it shot down a Chinese-built drone near Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine.


  • Russia has committed a “wide range” of war crimes in Ukraine, according to the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, an investigative body mandated by the United Nations. Russia rejected the report.
  • China hopes that Russia and Ukraine will hold peace talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said in a phone call to his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday. According to a statement from China’s foreign ministry, Beijing hopes that “all parties will remain calm, rational and restrained”.
  • Kuleba said the discussions were about “the meaning of the principle of territorial integrity” and that he had repeated Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy’s formula for restoring peace.
  • The UN has backed Turkey and Ukraine’s call for a 120-day extension of the Black Sea grain deal after Russia said it would only extend the deal for 60 days.
  • Poland said it has detained nine people from a suspected Russian spy gang who planned to disrupt arms deliveries to Ukraine.


  • Poland will send four MIG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine in the coming days, Polish President Andrzej Duda said.
  • Poland’s decision to hand over the MIGs is a “sovereign decision” that will not prompt US President Joe Biden to supply Kiev with US F-16s, the White House said.


Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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