As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 383rd day, we take a look at the main developments.
Here is the situation as it stands on Monday, March 13, 2023:
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says more than 1,100 front-line Russian forces died in the past few days fighting for Bakhmut, and that some 1,500 Russian soldiers had also been wounded so badly that they were unable to fight.
- Russia’s defense ministry, meanwhile, says more than 220 Ukrainian service members were killed in the 24 hours into Sunday.
- Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says Ukraine will continue to fight in Bakhmut, comparing the Russians’ advance to a thief breaking into someone’s home and trying to “steal everything”.
- The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, Oleksandr Syrsky, says the ongoing defense of Bakhmut is necessary to “buy time” for a planned counteroffensive.
- Ukraine’s national police say Russia launched 48 attacks against civilians in the Donetsk region, targeting 15 cities and towns, including Bakhmut, Konstyantynivka, and Avdiivka.
- The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) says Russia’s advance on Bakhmut seems to have stalled and that while Wagner Group soldiers continued to fight, they did not seem to be making any progress.
- Russian representatives are yet to take part in negotiations on extending the Black Sea grain deal, according to Russia’s foreign ministry.
- Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says he believes the deal allowing the export of grain via the Black Sea will be extended from its current March 18 deadline.
- Zelenskyy has held his first talks with the Czech Republic’s new President Petr Pavel. He says the two discussed the situation at the front and Ukraine’s security needs.
- Moldovan police say they have arrested members of a network “orchestrated by Moscow” in a bid to destabilize the small former Soviet nation via anti-government protests.
- Iran has reached a deal to buy advanced Su-35 fighter planes from Russia, expanding a relationship that has seen Iranian-built drones used in Russia’s war on Ukraine, Iranian state media said on Saturday.
- Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged Germany to speed up supplies of ammunition and to start training Ukrainian pilots on Western fighter jets.
- Swiss President Alain Berset has defended the country’s controversial ban on transferring Swiss-made arms to Ukraine, stressing the importance of the country’s neutrality.