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China’s President Xi Jinping departed Moscow on Wednesday after a grandiose display of¬†solidarity with Russian President Vladimir Putin, although he did not offer direct support for Putin’s war in¬†Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Russian navy reported having “repelled” a Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea as fighting intensifies in the south of the country.¬†Follow our live blog for the latest updates on the war in Ukraine.¬†All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

7:09am:¬†China’s Xi departs from Russia

China President Xi Jinping departed from Russia on Wednesday after finishing his state visit, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

¬†Xi’s plane left Moscow’s Vnukovo airport after being seen off by a guard of honour who played the Russian and Chinese national anthems, the RIA Novosti news agency said.¬†

6:52am:¬†Russian navy ‘repelled’ drone attack on Crimea’s Sevastopol port, governor says

The Russian navy “repelled” a drone attack on the port of Sevastopol in Moscow-annexed Crimea early on Wednesday, the Kremlin-backed governor of the city said.

“The Black Sea Fleet repelled a surface drone attack on Sevastopol,” Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Russian-backed head of Sevastopol, wrote on Telegram. “They tried to penetrate our bay, our sailors fired at them from small arms. Air defence was also working”.¬†

12:30am: IMF¬†announces $16 billion for Ukraine’s shattered economy

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday it has reached a staff-level¬†agreement with Ukraine for a four-year financing package worth¬†about $15.6 billion, offering the country needed funds as it¬†continues its battle against Russia’s invasion.

The agreement, which must still be ratified by the IMF’s¬†board, follows months of negotiations between IMF staff and¬†Ukrainian authorities. The IMF said its executive board is¬†expected to discuss approval in the coming weeks.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP & Reuters)


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