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Russia's war on Ukraine latest: Battle around Bakhmut goes on in the mud

Published Jan 20, 2023 04:57AM ET Updated Feb 27, 2023 06:37PM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, meet to discuss how to help Ukraine defend itself 2/3

(Reuters) - Russian forces are trying to close their circle around the small mining city of Bakhmut, while rain and an early spring thaw turned eastern Ukraine's battlefields to mud which could hamper both sides as they push for an initiative.

DIPLOMACY

* Kremlin spokesman Peskov says Russia will not resume participation in New START nuclear arms talks until Washington listens to Moscow's position, Izvestia reported.

* Peskov says NATO as a single bloc no longer Russia's conditional opponent but enemy -Izvestia.

* U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen paid a surprise visit to Kyiv to reaffirm U.S. support and economic aid to help Ukraine's war campaign.

* Foreign ministers from around the world meet in New Delhi this week in the shadow of the war and U.S.-China tensions; host India hopes issues such as climate change and Third World debt are not overlooked.

* China has "very clearly" taken Russia's side in the Ukraine war by providing diplomatic, political and economic support, the U.S. State Department said.

* The Kremlin said a Chinese peace plan that urges both sides to agree to a gradual winding down of forces and warns against the use of nuclear weapons, should be analysed in detail, taking the interests of all sides into account.

HUMAN RIGHTS

* The U.N. rights chief condemned Russia's "senseless" invasion of Ukraine at the start of a Human Rights Council session at which countries want to strengthen scrutiny of allegations that Moscow has committed war crimes, which it denies.

FIGHTING

* The military situation is becoming increasingly difficult around Bakhmut, the focal point of Russia's advances in eastern Ukraine, President Zelenskiy said.

* Russia's defence ministry said its forces had destroyed a Ukrainian ammunition depot near Bakhmut, also shooting down four HIMARS missiles and five drones launched by Ukrainian forces.

* Reuters was not able to verify battlefield reports.

ECONOMY

* Russian banks and politicians have played down the latest foreign sanctions on Russian lenders, promising speedy solutions to any problems with clients' foreign currency dealings.

* Central Asian airlines are seizing opportunities from Russia's closed airspace, with airline traffic into the region booming in the year since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, executives and analysts said.

ANNIVERSARY

* TIMELINE- Major developments since Russia's invasion

* Ukraine's Zelenskiy has defied Putin against the odds

* Putin, secure in power, has set the stage for long war

* A year on, Ukraine and its government have not just survived. They've fought back

* Toughened by war's scars, Kyiv presses on

* Graphics of a year of war in the markets: How the dollar, energy and food prices swirled

* Russian economy holds up but the road back to prosperity may be long

* Moscow's decades-old gas ties with Europe lie in ruins

* Top brands pull out of Russia, but goods easy to find

* Can U.S. support for Ukraine last?

* External backers pour billions into Ukraine

* How has China stood by 'no limits' partner Russia?

* A year into war, older refugees running out of hope

* Life and death in Mariupol - a survivor's tale of war

* Family mourns Bucha victim who became symbol of war

PODCAST

Learn more about the Ukraine war. Listen to a special episode of the Reuters World News Podcast.

Russia's war on Ukraine latest: Battle around Bakhmut goes on in the mud
 

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Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Mar 04, 2023 5:25AM ET
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Nato come on Start moving troops to ukraine and stop this madness sooner or later we have to do it now will be a very good time come on putin have no powder left
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Feb 27, 2023 11:34AM ET
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Russia already lost the war no matter what happens in Bakhmut, even if the fighting stop now and they get to keep the territories they currently holding......with at least 100k fatalities and half of its armor vehicles gone, the Russia army is now scaring no one........and Russia weapons are so ineffective they will have trouble finding export buyers........there won't be a regime change in Ukraine, instead of a demilitarlised Ukraine, the Ukrainian army is now better armed than ever, so now you have a well armed country on the Russian border that is now completely hostile to Russia.....not to mention NATA now got 2 new members in Sweden and Finaland, and are now boosting defense budgets to buy more of the battle tested weapons.....Russia lost its biggest oil and gas customers in Europe, they will never buy from Russia again, it may not be a big deal now with energy prices are high, but when the prices come down Russia will be really hurting for revenue.....
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Feb 27, 2023 11:34AM ET
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....and there are still the sanctions, and with all the educated young people who left Ruissa, Russian economic future is bleak......the other former Soviet republics (like Kazahstan) are now so alarmed about Putin's intention, they are pivoting away from Russia, of course China is more than happy to take over the sugar daddy role
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Feb 27, 2023 5:57AM ET
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So Russia needed to invade Ukranie oher their would be no russia....As far as I could see on the maps and the news their where 0 threats to russia itself. This whole war is one big lie to the russian people and their western usefull idi..ots
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Feb 26, 2023 11:06PM ET
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Putin is a beta
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Feb 26, 2023 11:06PM ET
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everyone knows Putin is now China's bit*ch
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Feb 26, 2023 11:06PM ET
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SB Gohner  sure, deny all you want, you will find out who is the bit*ch when China slap you around when you don't do their bidding
James King
James King Feb 26, 2023 10:11AM ET
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One solution to resolve the crisis is US return the $300 billion confiscated from Russian to Ukraine, and Ukraine can use the money to either dramatically strengthen its military to win the war or use the money to reach a peace agreement with EU/China/Russia plus a plan to rebuild Ukraine.
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Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Feb 26, 2023 10:11AM ET
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if possession is 9/10 the law, I guess the areas Russia took control of belongs to them now?
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Feb 26, 2023 10:11AM ET
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Mark Jannetty till they dont again
Caleb Rowe
Caleb Rowe Feb 26, 2023 10:11AM ET
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Ac Tektrader , lol, you know what an oxymoron is
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Feb 26, 2023 10:11AM ET
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Mark Jannetty mark jannetty, what Russia controls will not be for long.... they're loosing as many as 500 troops per day in the east..... Russian troops are nothing more than cannon fodder......their bodies are pilling up like burnt out firewood.....
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Feb 26, 2023 10:11AM ET
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caleb is that what they call Putin, the Russian oxy addict... lol.....
Michael Roal Casa
Michael Roal Casa Feb 26, 2023 8:25AM ET
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Roberta is a comie troll
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Feb 26, 2023 8:09AM ET
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Roberta you should be ashamed taking sides with a serialkiller like putin who is only held back by the ukranians and coalition of NATO countries with a very skilled Biden in full support
deeeeeez nuttttzzzzFJB
deeeeeez nuttttzzzzFJB Feb 26, 2023 8:09AM ET
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u lost me at skilled Biden lol 🤡
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Feb 26, 2023 8:09AM ET
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deeeeeez nuttttzzzzFJB because you are a triggered snowflake and beta male lmaoooo
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Feb 26, 2023 7:57AM ET
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roberta namecalling and elderly-shaming.. is that your trollfarms last resort?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Feb 26, 2023 7:33AM ET
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If the Russian people truly believe that Russia had to attack Ukraine, displace millions of families, kidnap tens of thousand of children, send 100,000 of their own to their deaths and isolate themselves from the world all for the sake of their survival, they are brainwashed.
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Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Feb 26, 2023 7:33AM ET
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SB Gohner the only instigator to the war in Ukraine is Russia and it's "dear leader" bloodthirsty Putin..
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Feb 26, 2023 7:33AM ET
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SB Gohner first it was the land grab and phoney election in Crimea...then the full invasion of Ukrane..if Putin succeeds, next it will be Moldavia and if Putin gets really stupid one of the Baltic Republics.... Russia's Putin, dreams of Empire; he must be stopped...
marki bigjohnson
marki bigjohnson Feb 26, 2023 7:33AM ET
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The US probably shouldn't have overthrown Ukraine in 2014
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Feb 26, 2023 7:33AM ET
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marki bigjohnson  "The US probably shouldn't have overthrown Ukraine in 2014"  -  Russia is the one losing half of its army in Ukraine, so "overthrowing Ukraine" (whatever that mean) was a master move by America
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Feb 26, 2023 7:33AM ET
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SB Gohner I see you have proceeded to the changing the subject chapter of your propaganda class. Try this: Give me one single information source to which the Russian people have access and I, in the U.S.A. do not. Ready? Go!
jason xx
jason xx Feb 26, 2023 6:49AM ET
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Nato must be allowed to operate behind the front lines in Ukraine handling logistics and supply to free up Ukrainian troops
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Brad Albright
Brad Albright Feb 26, 2023 6:49AM ET
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Of course, just as Chechnya does, but your gainsaying rarely is in touch with reality. China has no interest in supporting an invader against a western democracy.
IceIce Baby
IceIceBaby Feb 26, 2023 6:49AM ET
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Brad Albright  Actually, China might be interested in taking East Siberia.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Feb 26, 2023 6:49AM ET
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Irrelevant, crybaby.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Feb 26, 2023 6:49AM ET
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Irrelevant, cry°baby.
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Feb 26, 2023 6:49AM ET
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how about Taiwan? China is already supporting Russia by continuing to trade with them. They are considering supplying arms as well.
 
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