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Highlighting the Ukraine Russia War News: Key Events and Complex Dynamics: A recap of significant events, unfolding over 613 days

According to Moscow, over 100 Ukrainian soldiers have reportedly lost their lives in Yuzhno-Donetsk. Additionally, the UK suggests that Russian casualties in Avdiivka may be among the highest they've faced in 2023

Ukraine Russia War News DAYS 613 : SUNDAY

  • Russia claims to have intercepted 36 Ukrainian drones over the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula. Local media reported a fire at an oil refinery on Sunday, with speculation that it might have resulted from a drone strike or debris from a downed drone. In response, Ukraine stated that it had downed five Iranian-made Shahed explosive drones that were launched from Russia overnight.
  • Russian state media has stated that over the past 24 hours, more than 100 Ukrainian soldiers lost their lives in Yuzhno-Donetsk. The attack reportedly involved Russian troops and included the participation of the 58th motorized infantry, 79th air assault brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and the 128th territorial defense brigade.
  • A key ally of President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia may seize assets of EU member states it views as unfriendly if the European Union moves forward with plans to allocate frozen Russian funds to support Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction. This development follows a statement by Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, indicating that the EU is exploring a proposal to use some of the profits from frozen Russian state assets for Ukraine’s benefit.
  • The leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, a key ally of Putin, has called for Russia and Ukraine to engage in negotiations to resolve the ongoing conflict. Lukashenko characterized the current situation on the frontlines as a “serious stalemate,” emphasizing the need for both sides to come to the table and seek an end to the conflict.
  • Russian forces have reportedly faced one of the highest casualty rates in the country this year due to ongoing and intense, yet inconclusive, fighting near the town of Avdiivka in Ukraine’s Donetsk oblast.
  • In the city of Siversk, situated in the partially occupied Donetsk province, four Ukrainian police officers were wounded when a shell, fired by Russian troops, exploded near their police car.
  • A third round of peace talks, supported by Ukraine, commenced in Malta, but Russia was notably absent. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy highlighted the participation of 66 countries as evidence that his peace plan is gaining global support.
  • Andriy Yermak, the head of the office of the president of Ukraine, expressed appreciation for Qatar’s role in facilitating the release of four Ukrainian children from Russian captivity earlier in the month. Additionally, Ukraine and the Netherlands have initiated discussions on a bilateral security guarantees agreement in Malta, marking the sixth country to engage in such negotiations with Ukraine.

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