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The Russo-Ukrainian War: List of Major Events, Today 386 | News of the war between Russia and Ukraine

Here is the situation as of Thursday, March 16, 2023:

American drone accident

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the crash of a US reconnaissance drone in the Black Sea after it was intercepted by Russian aircraft is still under “investigation”.
  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the US will continue to fly wherever international law allows, after speaking with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu.
  • Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said he told US officials that Moscow “will no longer allow anyone to violate our waters,” Russia’s Tass news agency reported.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the United States “ignores” the fact that Russia has restricted the airspace around Crimea.
  • The Russian Defense Ministry said it would respond “proportionately” to any future US “provocations”.


  • Andriy Yermak, the chief of staff of the Ukrainian president, said that Ukrainian ground forces shot down a Russian fighter jet near the besieged eastern city of Bakhmut.
  • The commander of the Russian mercenary force, Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin, said that the Russian forces had taken control of the village of Zaleznyansky and were expanding the encirclement of Bakhmut.


  • Finland expects Turkey to accept its NATO membership this week as Finnish President Sauli Niinisto is scheduled to meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday.
  • In a televised meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Russia was fighting “Nazis” in Ukraine and expressed his support for Moscow.
  • The International Monetary Fund says its staff have made “very good progress” in talks with Ukrainian officials about a range of policies underpinning a new lending program for Ukraine.
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