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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