Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 375

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 375th day, we take a look at the main developments.

Ukrainian service members ride tanks as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues near the front-line town of Bakhmut [File: Alex Babenko/Reuters]

Here is the situation as it stands on Sunday, March 5, 2023:


  • Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu paid a rare visit to Russia’s forces deployed in Ukraine, his ministry said.
  • Russian artillery pounded the last routes out of Bakhmut, aiming to completely encircle the besieged Ukrainian city and score Moscow’s first major victory in half a year after the bloodiest fighting of the war.
  • Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of Russia’s Wagner mercenary force, said in a published video that Bakhmut was “practically surrounded” by his forces and Kyiv’s forces had only one road out left.
  • Prigozhin published a video showing what he said were coffins containing bodies of Ukrainian soldiers being repatriated to territory held by Kyiv.


  • German defence contractor Rheinmetall is in negotiations about building a tank factory in Ukraine, the newspaper Rheinische Post reported, citing an interview with CEO Armin Papperger.
  • In addition to Leopard 2 tanks, German armaments company Rheinmetall wants to buy 96 Leopard 1 tanks from Swiss defence firm Ruag to send to Ukraine, the Swiss newspaper Tages- Anzeiger reported.
  • The United States’s newly announced $400m military aid package for Ukraine primarily comprises ammunition, but for the first time, it will also include tactical bridges to move tanks and armoured vehicles.
  • US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised to keep imposing costs on Russia for its war in Ukraine.
  • Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused the US of hypocrisy after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia cannot be allowed to wage war in Ukraine with impunity.


  • Russia’s ruptured undersea Nord Stream gas pipelines are set to be sealed up and mothballed, sources told Reuters.
Source: News Agencies