What happened in the last few hours
On day 391 of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia, here are the main news at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 21:
– Xi told Putin that “the majority support easing tensions” in Ukraine. Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during their talks in Moscow on Monday that “most countries support the easing of tensions” over the “conflict” in Ukraine, the news report reported. Tuesday. “There are more and more rational and peaceful voices” who “want to promote peace and negotiations, and are opposed to adding fuel to the fire,” Xi told the Russian leader, according to the Chinese version of Monday’s meeting. For its part, Russia said the two leaders discussed the Chinese peace plan, without giving further details.
– Zelensky, awaiting confirmation of a call from Xi Jinping. The Government of Ukraine awaits confirmation of a possible phone call from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on an official visit to Moscow, to Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky, reported Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk to Italian daily Corriere della Sera. “We are waiting for confirmation,” Vereshchuk said when asked by the Italian newspaper about the possibility of talks between Chinese and Ukrainian leaders after Xi’s visit to Russia.
– An explosion destroys Russian cruise missiles in occupied Crimea. An explosion, whose causes are unknown, destroyed several Russian cruise missiles of the Kalibr type in Djankoi, a city on the Crimean peninsula occupied by Russia since 2014. Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Russia, for its part, claims it was a drone strike and that it was dismissed. The Ukrainian government does not specify how many missiles were destroyed or claim responsibility for the incident. However, the intelligence services indicated in their message after the explosion that “Russia’s demilitarization process continues and the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea is being prepared for liberation”.
– Troubles for Russia Due to the Return of Wagner’s Ex-Convicts. Russia faces a double problem with the release of thousands of former Wagner group prisoners, who are serving six months of mercenary service in Ukraine, which they promised in exchange for their release from prison. On the one hand, their march will weaken the invading Russian forces, and on the other, the return of thousands of ex-convicts to Russia poses a challenge at home, according to estimates by the British Ministry of Defense in its latest intelligence report.
– Japanese PM travels to Ukraine to meet Zelensky. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida traveled to Ukraine to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymir Zelensky on Tuesday, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. This is an unannounced visit that comes at the end of your official India trip, thus delaying your return to Tokyo. It is not customary for a Japanese leader to make an official visit to a foreign country without prior notice.