Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 316 | Russia-Ukraine war News

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 316th day, we take a look at the main developments.

Here is the situation as it stands on Thursday, January 5, 2023:

Fighting

  • Heavy fighting around the largely ruined Ukrainian-held city of Bakhmut is likely to persist for the foreseeable future, according to a senior US administration official.
  • Putin has sent a warship towards the Atlantic and Indian oceans armed with new hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles, which he said were unique worldwide.
  • The Ukrainian foreign minister says that Patriot air defence systems being sent by the United States are expected to be deployed in Ukraine soon.
  • Russia says that mass production of new electronic warfare and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems will start in the next few months.
  • Ukraine says Russia had launched seven missile strikes, 18 air raids and more than 85 attacks from multiple-launch rocket systems in the past 24 hours on three cities – Kramatorsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.

Diplomacy

  • France’s President Emmanuel Macron told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy his government would send light AMX-10 RC armoured combat vehicles to help in the war against Russia, a French official said after a phone call between the two leaders.
  • Russia says Italy is not an “honest broker” or possible mediator in peace talks with Ukraine due to its position against Moscow.
  • Ukraine’s efforts to increase grain exports are focused on faster inspections of ships rather than including more ports in the initiative, a senior Ukrainian official said.
  • A former Russian deputy prime minister has sent a piece of shrapnel from a French howitzer to Macron.


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