The Kremlin has reiterated its stance that although new “territorial realities” cannot be disregarded, Russia is open to talks to end the Ukraine war.

Moscow claims to have shot down Ukrainian drones that were aiming towards Russian civilian facilities.

The Russian military has intensified its efforts to encircle Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, where the commander of the country’s ground forces called the situation as “very tense” and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it is getting harder.

Although stating that Ukraine would join the alliance in the “long run,” NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg noted that the country’s independence is the urgent problem.After the European Union and the United States passed their most recent sanctions packages on Russia, Moscow blasted them, calling them “absurd” and “futile.”

The emergencies ministry reported that several regional Russian channels on Tuesday misinformedly issued a warning advising people to seek cover from an approaching missile assault due to a cyberattack.

Wikipedia was fined $27,000 in Russia for failing to take down “false information” concerning Russia’s activities in Ukraine from its website, according to the authorities.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russia won’t rejoin the START nuclear armaments reduction agreement with the United States unless Washington takes Moscow’s viewpoint into consideration.

The United States welcomes Saudi Arabia’s statement that it will provide $400 million in humanitarian aid.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says Russia should bear the costs of damage caused by the conflict in Ukraine, but there are “significant legal obstacles” to confiscating major frozen Russian assets.

· France spent more than $670 million last year hosting almost 115,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, the country’s top audit body said.