Russian military suffers heavy losses; 3 mn Ukrainians flee since war began | Top points

As the Russia-Ukraine war entered the fourth week, British military intelligence reported that Russian troops had suffered heavy losses in recent days. This has effectively stalled the Russian invasion on all fronts, it said.

On Thursday, Ukraine reportedly handed over nine captured Russian soldiers in exchange for the freedom of the mayor of Melitopol, a senior Ukrainian official was quoted as saying by the Interfax Ukraine news agency.

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1. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan held the first high-level contact with General Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, a first such meeting between the two countries since the beginning of the invasion.

2. Russian President Vladimir Putin said they are ready to discuss Ukraine’s neutral status but also insisted that Moscow would achieve its military operation goals.

3. As per reports, Russia’s military has lost more than 7,000 soldiers in the course of three weeks, though Russia has not provided a new update since March 2. While as many as 53 civilians were killed in the bombardment of Chernihiv city over the past 24 hours.

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4. The United Nations Security Council on Friday will vote on a call for aid access and civilian protection, but the measure is likely to fail because it does not push for an end to the war or withdrawal of the Russian army.

5. The exodus of Ukraine refugees continues. A majority of people are seeking refuge in the neighbouring country of Poland. As per a UN estimate, over 3 million people have fled the country since Russia’s invasion on February 24.

6. The Kremlin claimed that “colossal” efforts were being made for a possible peace deal with Ukraine. “Our delegation is putting in a colossal effort and demonstrates more readiness towards them than the other side,” Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, was quoted by The Guardian.

7. At least 20 people were killed and 25 injured after a Russian airstrike destroyed a school and community centre in Merefa, local officials said.

8. A day after the International Court of Justice passed an order asking Russia to immediately suspend its military operations in Ukraine, the Kremlin on Thursday rejected it saying both parties — Russia and Ukraine — have to agree for the ruling to be implemented. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “We cannot take this decision into account,” adding that both Russia and Ukraine have to agree.

9. The US will provide Ukraine with high-tech defensive weapons. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced $800 million in military aid, including 800 additional Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, 9,000 anti-tank weapons, 100 tactical drones and a range of small arms including machine guns and grenade launchers.

10. The Russia-Ukraine war has affected Europe’s plan to send its first rover to Mars. The UK’s space agency director, Dr Josef Aschbacher, said “This year, the launch is gone.” Plans to launch the probe with Russia this September are now “practically impossible but also politically impossible”, a report by AP said.

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