The United States (US) and other Western countries are assessing whether Russia should remain within the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies following its invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reported on Wednesday, 23 March.
A day after "two superbombs" were dropped by Russian forces in the besieged city of Mariupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed on Wednesday that over 1,00,000 people were trapped in the city.
Local Mariupol authorities had said after the blasts, "It is clear that the occupiers are not interested in the city of Mariupol, they want to raze it to the ground, to reduce it to ashes," news agency AFP reported.
Further, Zelenskyy told the Italian parliament on Tuesday that his country would be able to survive the war.
Moscow and Kyiv exchanged the first prisoners of war on Tuesday, the human rights commissioner in Russia has said
The Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the Russia-Ukraine conflict will resume on Wednesday, 23 March
Zelenskyy called on Pope Francis to mediate the ongoing conflict to help alleviate human suffering
Two "super powerful bombs" hit the port city of Mariupol on Tuesday amid ongoing rescue efforts
US President Joe Biden on Monday called India "somewhat shaky" on the Western sanctions punishing Russia
Biden has said that there are clear signs that Russia is considering using biological weapons against Ukraine
7,000- 15,000 Russian Killed in Combat in Ukraine: NATO
As per NATO, 7,000 to 15,000 Russians have been killed in a month of fighting in Ukraine, AP reported.
Russians, Belarusians Barred From World Swimming Championships
Russians and Belarusians athletes have been barred from world swimming championships, as per AFP.
China Helped Russia's War Effort by Spreading 'Blatant Lies': NATO
Accusing China of providing political support to Russia over their invasion of Ukraine, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday warned Beijing against materially aiding Moscow in their war effort.
"China has provided Russia with political support, including by spreading blatant lies and misinformation, and allies are concerned that China could provide material support for the Russian invasion," Stoltenberg said, AFP reported.
NATO to Agree on Additional Support for Ukraine
NATO allies are set to agree on providing 'additional support' to Ukraine against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, as well as increase military forces in east Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has reportedly said.
NATO, which has enhanced its presence at the eastern border of the alliance, is also reportedly seeking to deploy four new combat units in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia.
“I expect leaders will agree to strengthen NATO’s posture in all domains, with major increases in the eastern part of the alliance. On land, in the air and at sea," Stoltenberg was quoted as saying.