As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 392nd day, we take a look at the main developments.
This is the state of affairs on Wednesday, March 22, 2023:
Putin-Xi summit in Moscow
Aid and weapons
- Putin warned the United Kingdom about the delivery of depleted uranium tank shells to Ukraine, saying Moscow would be “forced to react” if they were delivered.
- The United States has inaugurated its first permanent army base in Poland. More than 10,000 US soldiers are currently stationed in Poland, which has become the main transit point for international aid and equipment to neighboring Ukraine.
- Four Republican members of the US Congress have urged President Joe Biden to send cluster munitions to Ukraine.
- NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned China against supplying arms to Russia.
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it has reached a staff-level deal with Ukraine to aid its economic recovery, financing a four-year package worth about $15.6 billion.
- The US has said it will deliver its much-wanted Abrams tanks to Ukraine by the last quarter of this year and accelerate the deployment of advanced Patriot air-defense missile systems.
- On a trip that coincided with Xi’s talks in Moscow, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in Kiev, where he delivered a message of solidarity and support for Ukraine.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he had suggested China join Ukraine’s peace formula to end the war, but had not yet received a response.
- Washington said if China is really interested in peace in Ukraine, Xi should urge Moscow to withdraw from Ukraine and end the invasion.
- Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s armed forces need more ammunition and he expects an increase in supply from Western partners.
- Russian forces have continued to attack Ukraine’s eastern city of Bakhmut despite massive losses in troops and weapons, the Ukrainian military said.
- Ukraine said a shipment of Russian Kalibr cruise missiles had blown up in annexed Crimea en route to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Russian authorities said the drone attack targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure.