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War in Ukraine, live: Vladimir Putin’s visit to Mariupol castigated by the Ukrainian authorities


Cover image: In this photo taken from a video released by Russian TV Pool on Sunday, March 19, 2023, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to residents settled in their new apartment, during his visit to Mariupol, in the Donetsk region occupied by Russia, Ukraine. PA

  • As a challenge to the international arrest warrant which was issued Friday, March 17 against him by the International Criminal Court, Vladimir Putin went to Mariupol, Russian media, including TASS, reported on Sunday. He would have traveled by helicopter from Crimea, where he made a surprise visit for the ninth anniversary of the occupation of this Ukrainian territory by Russia. The port of Mariupol, located on the Sea of ​​Azov in southeastern Ukraine, has been occupied by Russian forces since May 2022.
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the UN announced on Saturday the extension of the Ukrainian grain agreement. According to kyiv, it is an extension of one hundred and twenty days, but Moscow says it has only accepted sixty days.
  • Two civilians were killed and ten others injured by Russian strikes with “cluster munitions”, Saturday afternoon in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region. “More than a hundred countries ban the use of cluster munitions, but Russia continues to use these weapons which release many smaller bombs and indiscriminately injure civilians”denounced Mr. Kyrylenko.
  • French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna reaffirmed on Sunday, in an interview with the Sunday newspaper, that“there is no[vait] no taboo » about a possible delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine. The head of French diplomacy was interviewed the day after the announcement of the deliveries of thirteen Mig-29 fighters by Slovakia and four others by Poland.
  • The issuance by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin for war crimes in Ukraine is a decision “extremely important”also estimated the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. “Now no link in the chain can think they will escape justice and that should make many thinkshe continues. It is therefore a decision that can change the course of events. »
  • Demonstrations in Moscow in front of the embassies of the countries “unfriendly”. Pro-Kremlin activists protested Saturday outside the embassies of 20 countries considered by Russia to be “unfriendly”on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea.
  • The Kremlin wants to expand conscription, according to the British Ministry of Defence. According to the daily update from the British Ministry of Defense, Russia is likely to expand conscription to increase its military strength. A text of law would aim to modify the age of conscription, possible today between 18 and 27 years, to make it applicable between 21 and 30 years.
  • Sixteen Russian drones attacked eastern Ukraine overnight from Friday to Saturdaysaid in the early morning the staff of the Ukrainian Air Force on Telegram, adding that eleven of these aircraft had been shot down “in the Central, Western and Eastern regions”.
  • Russian rockets hit residential area in Zaporizhia with no casualties, according to Anatolii Kurtiev, member of the city council.

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