These are the key events so far on Wednesday, March 23. Get the latest updates here.
- Relentless Russian bombardment is turning Mariupol into the “ashes of a dead land”, said the council of the besieged port city in southeast Ukraine, after it refused to surrender.
- Ukraine’s government urged Russia to allow the evacuation of at least 100,000 civilians who want to leave Mariupol, while the military warned Ukrainians nationwide of more indiscriminate Russian shelling.
- A United States defence official has told reporters that Russia’s combat power has declined below 90 percent of its pre-invasion levels for the first time since its assault on Ukraine began.
- Russian companies have been having problems paying their debt holders due to existing sanctions.
- The US and its Western allies are assessing whether Russia should remain within the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies.
- A second superyacht linked to Roman Abramovich docked in a Turkish resort and sources said he and other wealthy Russians were looking to invest in Turkey, given sanctions elsewhere.
- Russia, the US and the United Kingdom traded accusations over the possibility of a chemical weapons attack in Ukraine, but none produced evidence to back their concerns.
- The Kremlin said it would only use nuclear weapons in the case of an “existential threat” to Russia.
- A Russian newspaper accused hackers of planting fake news on its website after a report briefly appeared there saying nearly 10,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in Ukraine.
- The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote again this week on a motion criticising Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
- The European Union on Wednesday is due to set out plans on how it will provide jobs, education and housing for refugees
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Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies