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- In disputing the international arrest warrant issued against him by the International Criminal Court on Friday, March 17, Vladimir Putin went to Mariupol, Russian media, including TASS, reported this on Sunday. He is said to have traveled by helicopter from Crimea, where he made a surprise visit to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s occupation of this Ukrainian territory. 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 on Saturday announced the extension of Ukraine’s grain deal. Kiev says it is an extension of 120 days, but Moscow says it has accepted only 60 days.
- Two civilians were killed and ten others wounded by Russian “cluster munitions” attacks, 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 that drop much smaller bombs and indiscriminately injure civilians”Mr. Kyrylenko sued.
- French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna confirmed this 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 delivery of thirteen Mig-29 fighters from Slovakia and four others from 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 foreign minister. “Now no link in the chain can think they will escape justice and that should make many thinkshe continues. So it is a decision that can change the course of events. »
- Demonstrations in Moscow in front of the countries’ embassies “violent”. Pro-Kremlin activists protested Saturday outside the embassies of 20 countries considered by Russia “enemies”on 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 UK Ministry of DefenceRussia is likely to expand conscription to increase its military strength. A legal text would aim to change the conscription age, which is currently possible between 18 and 27 years, to make it applicable between 21 and 30 years.
- Sixteen Russian drones attacked eastern Ukraine from Friday to SaturdayUkrainian Air Force personnel said on Telegram in the early morning, adding that 11 of these aircraft had been shot down “in the central, western and eastern regions”.
- Russian missiles hit residential area in Zaporizhia without casualties, selon Anatolii Kurtiev, member of the city council.
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