Russian forces are advancing in eastern Ukraine, where they have taken several locations, targeting western arms depots and their means of transport, while fears of a widening conflict in Moldova are growing in the west.
Here are the latest developments, minute by minute
2:58 p.m. | Ukraine expects “extremely difficult weeks”
Ukraine said Wednesday it expected “extremely difficult weeks” against the Russian army, which “has already amassed forces for a major offensive in the east of the country,” a priority for Moscow.
2:31 p.m. | Canada to liquidate Russian assets to help Ukraine, sanctions 203 ‘accomplices’
Canada wants to become the first G7 country to liquidate Russian assets to finance aid to Ukraine and on Wednesday announced new sanctions against 203 “accomplices” in the attempted annexation of Donbass.
12:47 | Moldova: Shootout near Russian ammunition depot in Transnistria
Authorities in Moldova’s pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria announced on Wednesday that a village on the border with Ukraine, home to a large Russian army ammunition depot, was the target of a fire.
11:15 am | The Canadian embassy could reopen in Ukraine “in the coming days”.
Canada could reopen its embassy in Ukraine “in the coming days”, announced Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly on Wednesday. However, the location has yet to be determined.
10:34 am | Boeing was weighed down by more 777X delays, Ukraine and rising costs
Boeing faces fresh setbacks between halting production of the 777X, first deliveries of which have been pushed back to 2025, stresses related to the conflict in Ukraine and rising costs on defense programs.
10:23 am | In retaliation, Russia announces the expulsion of eight Japanese diplomats
Russia on Wednesday announced the expulsion of eight Japanese diplomats in retaliation for a similar decision by Tokyo recently made against Russian diplomats over Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.
10:22 am | Help for five organizations of international cooperation
Five international collaborating organizations will share an envelope of US$700,000 from Quebec to help the people of Ukraine.
10:01 am | Oils and grains at the highest level, in the rhythm of the war in Ukraine
Wheat, corn and oils are trading at record prices in a market reeling from the cascading fallout from the Ukraine crisis and, to a lesser extent, concerns about weather risks in the United States for the next crop.
9:17 a.m. | The prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington has “no” impact on relations between the two countries
Former US Marine Trevor Reed was traded for a Russian pilot imprisoned in the US.
The United States does not expect relations with Russia to improve and will continue to support Ukraine despite the prisoner swap between Washington and Moscow announced on Wednesday, a US official said.
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09:15 am | Ukraine claims to have attacked Russian forces on Snake Island
The Ukrainian army claimed to have bombed Russian positions on Snake Island in the Black Sea, which has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance since the invasion by Russian forces began on February 24.
8:39 | Russia bans entry of 287 British MPs
Russia on Wednesday banned 287 members of Britain’s House of Commons from entering the country in retaliation for a similar move by London against Russian MPs who have backed the offensive in Ukraine.
8:17 a.m. | More than 50,000 refugees in 24 hours
More than 5.3 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since Russian troops invaded two months ago, according to figures released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Wednesday.
8:15 am | Germany: Growth forecast lowered to 2.2%, inflation expected at 6.1% in 2022
The German government expects weaker growth and inflation to be almost twice as high as expected in 2022 due to the war in Ukraine, which is particularly weighing on its economy, according to new forecasts published on Wednesday.
7:57 am | It is better to negotiate humanitarian breaks than corridors
The best way to help people trapped in Ukraine is to negotiate “humanitarian breaks” in the fighting rather than corridors that are too difficult to implement, the head of a major NGO said on Wednesday.
7:30 a.m. | Brussels wants to facilitate legal immigration to the EU, especially for Ukrainians
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a reform of the EU’s immigration laws to better attract the skills shortage, particularly from Ukraine, and to facilitate the mobility of these workers between the 27 member countries.
7:12 a.m. | The suspension of Russian gas supplies comes in response to “unfriendly acts” against Russia
The suspension of Russian gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland for not paying in rubles as requested by Moscow is the result of unprecedented hostile actions against Russia, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
6:12 a.m. | Russia withdraws from the World Tourism Organization
6:11 am | Suspension of Russian gas supplies: Bulgaria denounces “blackmail”.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister on Wednesday denounced “unacceptable blackmail” after the Russian company Gazprom suspended all its gas supplies to that Balkan country as well as Poland.
6:03 | The delivery of heavy weapons to Kyiv, a two-step logistical challenge
Training, munitions, maintenance: NATO allies’ delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine in support of Russia’s military offensive is a logistical challenge, on measured paper, but one that could reach its limits if the conflict continues, specialists say.
4:16 | Ukraine announces the capture of several towns by Russian forces in the east
The Ukrainian army on Wednesday recognized an advance of Russian forces in the east of the country with the capture of several locations in the Kharkiv region and Donbass.
4:11 | Moscow says it destroyed a “large amount” of weapons supplied by the West
The Russian army claimed on Wednesday it destroyed a “large quantity” of weapons shipped to Kyiv from the United States and European countries in a strike, while Western efforts intensified to arm Ukraine against Moscow.
4h | Fire at a Russian arms depot near Ukraine
A weapons depot in a Russian village near the border with Ukraine caught fire on Wednesday, the local governor said.
3h35 | Chinese drone giant DJI is ceasing operations in Russia and Ukraine
DJI, the world’s leading provider of consumer drones, has announced it will “suspend” its commercial operations in Russia and Ukraine, becoming one of the few Chinese companies to publicly take such an initiative.
1 hour | In Canada, the excitement in companies in the face of cyber attacks
Affecting the State Department, hospitals or even an airline, recent cyberattacks have reminded Canada that the country was lagging behind in computer security as the threat became more apparent with the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
WAR NOTEBOOK | Waiting for the shock
On this sixty-third day of the Russian invasion, there is just as much work to be done on the periphery of the fighting as there is on the ground.
READ | Mulroney and the military escalation in Ukraine
Photo archive, Chantal Poirier
“Last Friday on QUB radio, Brian Mulroney did not hesitate to condemn Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. A “despicable and stupid” gesture. As for Putin, Mulroney calls him a war criminal. It’s hard to be tougher.” The chronicle of Loïc Tasse.
READ | Washington organizes military aid
The United States continues to “move heaven and earth” in support of Ukraine, as have other Western countries that have offered offensive military hardware.