Russian offensive nears culmination, EU backs ICC decision

21 March, 03:12 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, March 21, 2023

US think tank Institute for the Study of War reports that Russia's “Great Spring Offensive” is nearing its culmination point.

ISW’s analysts believe that Ukraine has an opportunity to regain the initiative and launch a counter-offensive in critical areas along the front line, while the Russians are becoming increasingly concerned about such an offensive by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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Ukrainian intel says Rusisa's missile terror has failed.

Russia will continue its missile terror against Ukraine, but the aggressor state's tactics have already suffered a defeat, says Andriy Yusov, a spokesman for Ukraine's defense intelligence.

Ukraine's Air Force chief says Ukrainian pilots can master F-16 fighter aircraft within 6 months.

General Serhiy Holubtsov argued this in remarks to the UK newspaper The Times following an evaluation of two Ukrainian pilots who trained on a simulator in the United States.

EU backs ICC decision on arrest warrant for Putin

The European Union has declared its support for the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who could now be detained in 123 countries, the EU High Representative said in a statement on March 19.

Medvedev threatens ICC with hypersonic missile strike over Putin arrest warrant

The former Russian president and deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council threatened a missile attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for issuing an arrest warrant Russian leader Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes.

Washington announces $350 million aid package for Ukraine

The United States has prepared a new $350 million military aid package for Ukraine, focused largely on additional munitions for previously supplied weapon systems, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on March 20.

Russian withdrawal from Ukraine key to implementing China’s ‘peace plan’

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov outlined the key prerequesite for the successful implementation of China's "peace plan" shortly before Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow on March 20.

Turkey finally stops transit of sanctioned goods to Russia

Relenting under months-long pressure from Washington, Turkey has halted transit of sanctioned cargo to Russia, Reuters reported on March 20.

Ukraine to nationalize Kyiv’s Ocean Plaza from Russian stakeholders

The highest anti-corruption court has approved the seizure of the Ocean Plaza shopping center in Kyiv from Russian oligarch Arkady Rotenberg, a close friend of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian defenders strike enemy Buk and Tor air defense systems in last 24 hours

Ukrainian Defense Forces’ aviation and artillery struck important positions of Russian occupation forces over the last 24 hours, said the Ukrainian military’s General Staff in its March 20 summary.

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